CAE 30th Anniversary Seminar - COVID-19, State Intervention, and Public Health: A Libertarian View
- Zoom网上会议，Meeting ID: 954 2157 8988, Passcode: 752612
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.