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    From (David P.)@21:1/5 to All on Wed Aug 25 00:01:20 2021
    Why New Zealand Imposed a Lockdown—After Detecting Its
    First COVID Case in 170 Days
    by Jon Miltimore, 8/17/21, Fee Dot Org

    Scientists & everyday people are beginning to realize
    that COVID-19 can't be defeated by central planners
    implementing lockdowns & other coercive measures. (Indeed,
    because a majority of COVID cases are spread indoors in
    homes, govt stay-at-home orders have the potential to
    actually make outbreaks worse.)

    Politicians & bureaucrats, however, continue to push
    draconian measures that restrict the basic freedoms of the
    people they are supposed to serve. New Zealand is just the
    latest example. The question is why.

    It’s unlikely that bureaucrats & politicians are simply
    less intelligent (though some of course are). A far more
    likely explanation is that they are operating under a
    different set of incentives than the people they serve.

    The Nobel Prize-winning economist James M. Buchanan pointed
    out that public officials, like everyone else, arrive at
    decisions based on self-interest & incentives. This idea
    is known as Public Choice Theory, a field of economics that
    analyzes political behavior. Though many accept the idea
    that public servants are motivated to promote “the common
    good,” Buchanan argued they don’t become altruistic angels
    upon getting a government job.

    This is a difficult concept for many to swallow—especially
    for big-govt true believers—but it helps explain why pols
    & bureaucrats continue to impose harmful lockdowns that
    have proven terribly ineffective at taming the virus.

    It’s important to remember that politics is primarily about
    self preservation. And while imposing harmful restrictions
    might appear irrational, not imposing them also comes with
    serious risks—political risks. One need only look at the
    abuse leaders in Sweden, South Dakota, and Florida have
    endured for not imposing sweeping mandates.

    New York may have the 2nd highest COVID mortality rate in
    the US & its nursing home order may have needlessly
    resulted in the death of thousands, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo
    was hailed as a hero for his hardline policies. He inked a
    $5 million book deal, received an Emmy Award, & was invited
    on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert—before his subsequent
    downfall (which, it’s important to note, stemmed primarily
    from sexual misconduct allegations, not his deadly policies).

    Compare the treatment Cuomo received to that of Anders
    Tegnell, Sweden’s top public health official, or South
    Dakota Gov. Krist Noem, who refused to implement lockdowns.

    PM Ardern’s decision to lock New Zealand down over a single
    case of COVID-19 might appear insane—even CNN appeared
    incredulous over it—but there is a method to the madness.
    And it’s rooted in public choice theory.


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