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Freedoms Are Not Acquired Cafeteria-Style

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:


Dave Seminara rightly decries the outrageous media bias against Florida governor Ron DeSantis (“Media Ignore Florida Covid Recovery,” Nov. 1). He’s right also to applaud Mr. DeSantis’s refusal to tyrannize citizens of his state with the oppressive – and, it turns out, largely ineffective – restrictions of the sort imposed by California’s Gavin Newsom and many other governors.

But Mr. Seminara’s description of Mr. DeSantis as “a politician who leaves you alone” isn’t quite correct. Unfortunately, Mr. DeSantis endorses government-foisted constraints on the freedom of private companies to choose their own policies regarding the vaccination status of customers and employees.

The case for freedom made by Mr. DeSantis’s courageous rejection of harsh pandemic restrictions is debased by his willingness to prevent private parties from dealing with Covid as they choose.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

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