We've seen that American politics can survive pandemics and other crises. That's good. But what about political campaigns?
A number of state and local governments have delayed primary elections out of concerns for voter safety during the current epidemic.
Concerns about whether some in governments would the coronavirus epidemic to curtail certain rights have been around since the first emergency declarations were issued. As Reason's J.D.
Social distancing is supposed to be a relatively easy tool for hindering the spread of the coronavirus. For some people, however, social distancing has brought their social frustrations (and worse) to the surface.
Even when emergency conditions require governments to exercize extraordinary powers, there are still limits to what the state can do when it comes to fundamental individual rights.
Governments react poorly to crises, and the coronavirus epidemic is proving that in spades.
A number of offices and individuals have turned to video conferencing platforms in this age of stay-at-home orders. Even if you can't be there in person, these platforms allow you to be there virtually -- a face and a voice on a screen in real time.
The actions governments and private businesses have taken in reponse to the coronavirus has served at least some good. They have exposed rules and regulations we could easily live without. Included on that list: the bans against plastic grocery bags.
Among the more difficult debates underway is whether we should keep the nation's economic life on hold to protect lives...or get back to work now, the costs in lives be damned.
Even in the best of times, government bureaucracies are cumbersome and indifferent. Now that they are required to respond to rapidly changing circumstances, when the rules and red tape should be simplified and cut to meet pressing needs?
The $2 trillion stimulus bill is now law. And is so often the case with enormous pieces of legislation cobbled together in response to a crisis, we're going to spend a lot of time figuring out exactly what's inside.