Most Americans would agree with Thomas Jefferson's argument in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence that people should have the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." But how many of us have given this any more thought? What happens when these are in conflict, as they have been over much of the past year? What happens when our pursuits of happiness conflict? What happens if preserving life requires restricting liberty? Or should liberty be ranked higher than life? Or is liberty just tossed around as "a fine sounding placeholder for saying that [people] will do what they want to do and get out of my way." This thoughtful piece from John Authers at Bloomberg explores the history of liberty as a political philosophy with some COVID context. www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-05-09/covid-liberty-and-responsibility-where-s-the-line-kognfnb6
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