May 16, 2020

Meanwhile....In the Dystopian Hellscape of a Less Liberty Minded Country

A walk through Shibuya under covid-19 guidelines. Japan, hardly a libertarian bastion, has nevertheless instigated largely voluntary measures and not engaged in mandatory closures except for a very few specific instances. Nevertheless, a majority of businesses are shut down voluntarily, and mask usage is is near universal. 



For those who suggest that I'm being philosophically inconsistent, note that three weeks ago, while posting skepticism about the wisdom of mass cheek to jowl gatherings without masks, I suggested that while the shutdown was advisable, many of the lockdowns were ridiculously heavy handed and that we should probably start relaxing things in all but the hardest hit areas after about two weeks. 

Note: Because we live in the current year, it is necessary (for reasons of Brobdingnagian societal stupidity) to note that, despite complaints in his comments, the thumbnail is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the lockdown and not an endorsement of slavery.

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