I tried drawing a Venn diagram the other day in order to illustrate this point. Eventually, I decided to write a quick blog article instead. The hypocrisy of statists abounds in the age of the Corona Panic.
Have you noticed yuuge overlap between leftists who either have “Resist” bumper stickers on their vehicles or who empathize with the movement, and those who are now cracking whips on the rest of us to close our businesses, stay at home, socially distance, wear a mask, take a vaccine and, well, whatever the powers that be want to order us all to do next week?
And have you likewise noticed the yuuge overlap between those who, not very long ago, insisted on unconditional support for law enforcement, and those who are now outraged – properly, mind you – every time the punitive priesthood* arrests people for reopening businesses, going to church, protesting, sitting on a beach, playing basketball, attending a house party or committing any number of absolutely victimless acts that are now verboten because of the Corona Panic?
UPDATE: I wrote this in early May before the left started screaming “Defund the Police”. Well, how do these people – not all of them but lots of them – plan to enforce lockdowns, mask mandates, etc. without, well, law enforcement? Or mandate enforcement, or whatever?
As is almost always the case, only libertarians – regardless of party affiliation – have any sort of philosophical consistency.
* William Grigg coined this phrase.