Liberty in the Wake of Coronavirus

Trantidis, Aris (2020) Liberty in the Wake of Coronavirus. The Library of Economics and Liberty, 5 . ISSN N/A

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History tells us that a crisis could become a critical juncture opening the possibility for radical change in the institutions governing society. During a pandemic, societies are more likely to accept heavy restrictions on their freedom to act. The risk is that societies may become habituated to some of these restrictions. As the fear of mass-scale death and morbidity from the virus will ebb and flow in the coming months, people may ask that these restrictions be prolonged. But the gravest risk, in my view, is that recurrent crises such as this one can lead to indiscriminate criticisms of the status quo and open the way for changes that will turn out to be negative for liberty and democracy.

Keywords:Coronavirus and the economy, COVID-19, Pandemic and politics, Classical liberalism and COVID-19, Quarantine and politics, COVID-19 and authoritarianism, The politics of lockdown, The post-pandemic economy, Agamben and the state of exception
Subjects:L Social studies > L222 Democracy
L Social studies > L221 Autocracy
L Social studies > L150 Political Economics
L Social studies > L171 Capitalism
L Social studies > L170 Economic Systems
L Social studies > L211 Liberalism
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:40927
Deposited On:16 Jun 2020 15:43

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