In the United States and around the world, governments are rushing to impose mask orders and mandates on citizens. In Europe, the Netherlands is bucking this troubling trend. According to Reuters, on July 29 the Dutch government “said it will not advise the public to wear masks to slow the spread of coronavirus, asserting that their effectiveness has not been proven.”
A key essential freedom, and one that is a natural right that may not be restricted by government, is the freedom to associate with whom you want, when you want. This is the foundation for much of the market economy, since in the market — ideally — you get to choose whom you buy from and whom you sell to. Furthermore, this freedom is the foundation for travel. In other words, you are free to choose to travel to the next town, county, state, or elsewhere to visit friends or family, or do business for any other inscrutable purpose you might have, subject only to the requirement that you not erode someone else’s private property rights.
Despite recent stock market jitters related to the coronavirus, the U.S. economy is doing well. Wages are growing, especially for lower-income workers, and unemployment is low. Yet calls are intensifying for the federal government to implement paid leave, which may unwittingly hurt those whom the program claims to help. Supporters often resort to the same misleading notions to make their case — misperceptions that must be continuously debunked, lest they lead to unnecessary harm to working families.
The Sweden Democrats Party — a party of the Right — is now the second-largest political party in Sweden, the country that has long been held up as the model for democratic socialists in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Instead of pandering to the latest leftist cause, the Sweden Democrats Party is rejecting much of their secular and socialistic agenda.