CAE 30th Anniversary Seminar - COVID-19, State Intervention, and Public Health: A Libertarian View
- 17 Feb 2023
- online via zoom, Meeting ID: 954 2157 8988, Passcode: 752612
- Prof. Ellen Y. Zhang, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, The University of Macau; Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Ethics, Hong Kong Baptist University
For many people in the West, especially those with a libertarian bent, state interference or state paternalism has a pejorative meaning given that government often implies bureaucracy, corruption, and inefficiency. However, such a view has faced significant resistance since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the sake of public health, many people now believe that we must accept much greater governmental intervention in our lives. This talk explores normative consideration of state intervention in the face of the current crisis of public health and argues that a “soft” notion of paternalistic policies can be morally permissible or even necessary within the framework of contemporary libertarianism.