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May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Lockdowns do not pass a cost-benefit test. Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, most Western countries ordered lockdowns to reduce the spread of the virus, which took very different forms in different places but heavily curtailed individual freedoms everywhere. However, in making the decision to implement such policies, governments didn’t pay much attention to their costs and focused on their alleged benefits. I argue that most restrictions did not pass a cost-benefit test and that it was not even close.
Philippe Lemoine is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology. He is also a PhD candidate at Cornell University, where he specializes in logic and philosophy of science.