Tag: civil liberty
During the coronavirus, the right to not be denied “liberty” without “due process” is still in place. The government may confine people against their will if those individuals present a danger to themselves or others, even if the person being confined has not committed a crime. However, the government is also obliged to prove by “clear and convincing” evidence that such confinement is justified.
With this in mind, it’s not entirely clear that this heightened standard of proof would apply to coronavirus quarantines. More importantly, the government, including POTUS should act responsibly and look at the bigger picture and curb the spread of the virus from worsening.
Things are moving fast right now. Last night, Trump shut down travel from the EU and enacted a number of other measures designed to soften the blow to one’s finances if one were quarantined or one’s business was impacted. These latter measures signal to me that they are laying the groundwork for a broader use of stricter, more intrusive measures, such as involuntary quarantines, or perhaps even mass lock-downs such as what we saw in the whole country of Italy last week.
No one should be surprised by these things. Certainly not, if you have been reading my blog.
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