The Wuhan virus has brought drastic societal change.
Local governments are instituting laws restricting the movement of people with varying levels of severity.
But one city is taking a shocking step to combat the coronavirus.
There are nearly 600,000 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus in the United States, and as many as 22,000 deaths.
Despite New York being the epicenter of the American outbreak, other jurisdictions around the country are engaging in extreme measures to slow the spread of the virus.
Roughly one month into the shutdown of the U.S. economy and “shelter in place” orders across the country, citizens are beginning to get restless.
Wearing masks in public became commonplace in Asia after the SARS outbreak killed nearly 800 people in 2003, but it’s still a peculiar sight in the United States.
While most citizens are going along with it voluntarily, one city is strictly enforcing the use of masks.
In Glenwood Springs, Colorado, the council voted nearly unanimously to prohibit citizens from traveling in public spaces without wearing a mask.
Entering public spaces without a mask in Glenwood Springs could result in a fine of $1,000 and up to a year in jail.
That’s authoritarianism at its worst.
In order to stop the spread of the Wuhan virus, people will generally go along with these strict guidelines, but not for too long. At some point, this extreme lockdown must end or Americans are going to go crazy.
But perhaps the most important question is will governments relinquish the controls they’ve assumed under these unprecedented conditions when it’s all over.
Crises have always been used to seize power and restrict rights.
For example, the Great Depression brought about massive government problems that were considered temporary at the time, but became permanent and bloated.
Franklin Roosevelt didn’t intend Social Security to be a permanent entitlement program.
Now it’s become a third-rail issue even to talk about reforming it.
Some big government proponents are using the coronavirus to advocate for universal basic income and permanent expansion of unemployment benefits.
They essentially want to pay people not to work in exchange for more power and control.
Soon, the American people will refuse to go along with these strictures and simply flout authority.
That’s when the social order could break down.
Luckily, the most recent data on the coronavirus shows that cases are on the downturn, which could mean we’re just a few weeks away from a return to normalcy.
Until then, be wary of local governments cracking down on basic freedoms in the name of safety.