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Dealing with the Pandemic — An Authoritarian Precedent

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There are many lessons, to put it mildly, to be learned (or relearned) from the way that the COVID-19 pandemic has been handled. One of them is the willingness of supposedly free peoples to submit to — and even welcome — a form of authoritarian rule. Sadly, that’s no great surprise. The historical evidence that people yearn to breathe free is, shall we say, mixed, but happy talk about the right side of history often drowns out the inconvenient message from the past.

It was thus both bracing and refreshing to read this in the Financial Times:

The Covid-19 crisis could cause lasting damage to western liberal democracies that adopted authoritarian measures during the pandemic, Estonia’s prime minister has warned.

Kaja Kallas told the........

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