Fear is a tool of the tyrant. Law is another tool of the tyrant. When you put them together, you do not arrive at freedom, you arrive at more than even tyranny. You arrive at terrorism, by means of law. The very idea of a “business license” is one designed to ensure that the state has ultimate control over businesses, otherwise they don’t arrive at the neo-communism practiced in America today. The neo-communists have figured out that “state-owned” means of production is a non-starter, it makes the government responsible for production and when that production does not yield enough goods, people become disgruntled with the government and lean toward revolution. But, “state-controlled” means of production allows them a buffer between the government and the people, the businesses themselves.
The business license claims all sorts of benefits. It ensures that people who can’t cut hair don’t open hair salons. The further justification is that some chemicals used in dying hair and other hair care procedures can be misused and harm the patron and the business license can be revoked by a bureaucrat with no accounting for due process. In a capitalist system, one law suit would eliminate that incompetency from the market. But, the business license still relies on someone doing something wrong in order to be effective, so what purpose does it serve? Now, we know what purpose it serves. The same with liquor licenses. The license provides the threat. Sell to underage people and your liquor license can be revoked by a bureaucrat with no accounting for due process, despite the fact that there are laws against it that can imprison the violator. So, what purpose does the liquor law serve? Now we know what the purpose serves. It is all about control, not safety. The health department should serve (and probably really does serve) merely an advisory capacity. It should not rank higher than the U.S. Constitution and certainly not when itself admits that not enough is known, even yet, about the coronavirus to use data to enforce such sweeping and absolute rule over a “free” people.