Performative Pandemic Panic

Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“It’s bad enough when government officials impose draconian policies out of sincere, if misguided, intentions to protect the public from harm. It’s worse when those draconian policies are imposed for performative reasons, in order to elicit a reaction and frighten people. But, over a year after the beginning of the pandemic, it looks like much of the damaging and divisive policy we suffered was just that: not efforts to preserve health, but instead schemes to prod the population into compliance.” (06/04/21)