A Nozickian or Natural Rights Approach to the Coronavirus Pandemic
10 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2020 Last revised: 15 May 2020
Date Written: May 15, 2020
Most official responses to the coronavirus pandemic have included some sort of economic suppression policy—the shutting down of non-essential business and economic activities—in order to promote “social distancing” and slow the spread of infection. This white paper will not question the wisdom or efficacy of such economic suppression policies. Instead, this paper will outline a Nozickian or natural rights approach to the pandemic.
Keywords: Coronavirus Pandemic, Property Rights, Robert Nozick, Takings Clause
JEL Classification: K11, K19
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