The coronavirus pandemic in the United States has reignited long-standing debates about the relationship between freedom and economic and personal security, Lawrence Glickman, professor of history and American studies, writes in The Atlantic. After barely a week of a partial lockdown in many parts of the country, Donald Trump and others are complaining that overly risk-averse public-health officials are threatening to strangle the economy.
"How did we get to the point where ministers, the president, many Republican politicians, and a variety of media outlets are calling for people to risk death to save the economy?" writes in the artricle. "This rhetoric has a long history."