Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
I have a question: if someone goes out and states that their goal is to infect other people with HB19 so that they contract COVID-19, how does Jefferson’s definition of rightful liberty apply?
The fear of the loss of liberty is certainly warranted if the government issues a national lockdown to curtail the spread of the epidemic. I personally see no other option. I understand that this action may collapse the economy and the government. I (and many others) feel this is inevitable even without the epidemic.
Let’s consider what happens if we do not lockdown the nation. Nevermind, people do not care as long as they can chant their mantra concerning their freedom. What is unsaid is that they will not face reality if we do not implement a lockdown. It is true that 99% of the people will survive the epidemic. This means about 2.4 million deaths in the United States with an 80% infection rate. It does not consider the secondary infections or the inevitable mutations of the virus.
So let me be clear IF a national lockdown is implemented for a specified period of time. Once the threat is over, the lockdown must be lifted. If it is not lifted, we have the duty to water the tree of liberty. Let’s see how many keyboard commandos will stand up to fight for their rightful liberty. As for now, how we deal with this disease is not a measure of our liberty, it is a measure of our humanity.