One of my good friends has an amazing habit of making and keeping lists of various interesting things that he notices in our lives. But recently this habit got even more of my attention because he wrote what he calls “My List of Challenges to Non-Left and Libertarian Thinkers” which, as you will see, shows what many political progressives would have us believe in today’s Coronavirus world. (I intercepted his list at 47, but he probably has continued writing more.) Do you agree with these assertions? (I didn’t think so.) My friend varies below on what he agrees with, but the point is that the Coronavirus has become politically divisive. Wise decisions now will come only if we can control that divisiveness. So here is the list for your consideration, analysis and discussion:

1. Bigger government is a good thing and is welcome.

2. We should trust the government.

3. We should quietly accept the government limiting our freedom to engage in commerce and everyday activity.

4. The People cannot be trusted to make the correct decisions.

5. The government knows what it is doing.

6. The government these days is capable of acting non-politically.

7. In times of crisis, the government should not be questioned.

8. Scientists always know the correct policy.

9. Scientists should not be questioned.

10. We should not balance a human life against a cost, no matter what the cost is.

11. Government never engages in balancing a human life against a cost.

12. Politicians would not use this as a chance to enhance their political future.

13. Issues of commerce are evil, or of very diminished importance.

14. Business always has a surplus supply of money that can cover any expenses imposed on business.

15. Businesses forced into bankruptcy by government action probably shouldn’t have been operating anyway.

16. Some businesses are too big to fail and we must provide substantial public funding to avoid their bankruptcy.

17. It makes sense to respond to questions about MERS, SARS, H1N1, etc., by simply saying the Coronavirus is substantially different from the common flu.

18. Masks protect not the wearer, but the public, but when there is a shortage of masks, healthcare workers are threatened by not having a mask.

19. It is racist to describe a disease by its place of origin.

20. It is hilarious (on the John Oliver show) to say that the Coronavirus came from eating bats.

21. It is wrong to even consider that the economic shutdown will cause more deaths than the Corona virus under a more moderate response.

22. Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve both Liberty and Safety. (Contrary to what Benjamin Franklin warned us about)

23. It is not possible that in the next few weeks there will be a vaccination, cure, improved statistics supporting a different model, or a miracle, that would sufficiently reduce the risk of Coronavirus.

24. Concerning risks, overreaction is necessary to reduce the risk.

25. Concerning risks, overreaction might be needed to get the People’s attention.

26. Government would never use a crisis to expand its power permanently and achieve other goals.

27. Relying on government is better than promoting and relying on individual responsibility.

28. Increasing the national debt is not a problem.

29. Government can make complex supply decisions better than the market.

30. There is no anti-Trump element in the response to the Coronavirus.

31. When we are confronted with an unsafe situation, the Government is responsible for taking care of us, with “safe spaces” or whatever is needed.

32. Manufacturers taking great risks and incurring huge extra costs does not justify charging more, which is “gouging”.

33. Discovering a cure that saves society trillions of dollars does not justify the cure discoverer receiving substantial funds, even if patent protection is obtained.

34. Big Pharma, after incurring incredible risks and costs, must not be allowed to charge more for its invention, even if patent protection is obtained.

35. The Coronavirus justifies releasing prisoners who — at great expense — were captured, found guilty, and imprisoned under a very protective criminal procedure.

36. The Coronavirus justifies imprisoning a person for not wearing a mask (a hijab reverse).

37. The Coronavirus justifies imprisoning a person for holding a church service.

38. Buying a gun for protection is not an “essential” act.

39. It is appropriate to add to a Coronavirus relief bill funding for $50 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, $75 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, $88 million to the Peace Corps, $150 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, $1 billion to Amtrak, $30.8 billion for the Department of Education, $17 billion for Boeing, a $10 billion loan to the U.S. Postal Service, $48 million for sex education, $500,000 for a Central Utah water project, $3 million for the U.S. Forest Service, $99 million for the Department of Energy, and $7.5 million for the Smithsonian Institution.

40. The Coronavirus justifies stopping free trade with China.

41. The Coronavirus justifies a stronger immigration policy.

42. Trump should not be allowed to put on a speaker who has switched to making many masks and praises God and the Bible.

43. The Federal government is better at responding to a crisis than state government.

44. A uniform response across all states is better than a tailored response to different state conditions.

45. A large increase in risk aversion among Americans is good and should be encouraged.

46. It is wrong for Christians to pray for a miracle.

47. Those expressing concern about those hurt economically are really only interested in their own self-interest and the stock market (as in the cartoon below).

Thought for the week: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Judge Jim Gray (Ret.) Superior Court of Orange County, California 2012 Libertarian Candidate for Vice President

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Again #44. Those expressing concern about those hurt economically are really only interested in their own self-interest and the stock market
(as in the following cartoon).