March 25, 2020 12:05PM

Libertarians and Pandemics

A journalist asked me yesterday how libertarians feel about governors exercising all these rarely used “police powers” to shut down businesses and otherwise try to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. I’ll save my answers for his article, but just as I hung up the phone somebody sent me this tweet. In two minutes Steve Baker, perhaps the most libertarian member of the British Parliament, expressed the conflicting feelings I think many of us have about the exercise of power in an emergency.