The COVID Libertarian Moment

A runner jogs past a public-health sign on the beach in Oceanside, Calif., October 12, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
Liberty is part of the common good.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he times you live in leave their mark on you. And COVID times have left a mark on me; they’ve repainted a libertarian streak on my politics.

We’ve had a year-long experiment in sacrificing liberties for a common national purpose. At the start of the COVID crisis, I noted that it provided a unique opportunity for “common-good conservatives” to illustrate the necessity of their insights. America was faced with a common challenge: the pandemic. It issued from the malfeasance of the closest thing we have to a national or civilizational rival. And getting through it would require special risk-taking among some


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