No Refunds on Freedoms Forfeited
Lives can and will be replenished. Whether it’s unfortunate natural or other causes, but eventually mankind can and will sustain against an epidemic, and prosper. May take a while to recover to former conditions, but so far the adaptable human species has prospered despite anything terrible nature has thrown at them.
On the contrary, freedom and rights conceded is not so easily or certain to be regained. Rarely in history has a leader or elites voluntarily relinquished their power and authority to the masses they control. More likely the freedom and rights must be usurped through conflict. Which leads to mass destruction, not unlike an epidemic.
So examine the outcome of this epidemic. Lots of people will die due to the virus regardless of authoritarian lockdown policies. These draconian edicts have negligible –possibly even detrimental — effect on saving people from an epidemic.
The other outcome, along with the loss of lives, is the loss of freedoms and rights — most probably permanently. Most people yearn to “return to the way things were” before the epidemic. But even if the virus were defeated (unfortunately after much suffering and death), life will never return to normal. Because the new normal is now less freedom, less rights, less privileges, for the common citizen. That they have passed on to the elites to “safeguard” during a crises.
But there is no way they will just hand it back. They will continue to hoard their newfound powers — “for the common good”, of course. The elites will continue to lie, coerce, propogandize. That is their nature, the nature of anybody in power. But that situation is not entirely their fault. When the masses have given up their rights voluntarily, they must also face the probability (more likely than not) that they would never get it back. (At least not so easily.)
Laws during crises or emergency are put “into the books” immediately. But are not as easily undone — not even temporary ones. Some laws may be forgotten and just left alone; yet they still have effect.
On the other hand, repealing a law is much more difficult than enacting one. Such a process must overwhelmingly convince the lawmakers and courts. Comparatively, attempts to repeal a law requires greater effort than creating a law.
Thus once a law to remove your freedom and rights has been enacted, a greater effort must be expended by you, the common citizen, in order to return the original right you conceded. A law created during a crisis takes a day or a week to write and ratify, but the reverse process could take months, years — and you would still lose, most likely. Not to mention the overwhelming mental and financial burden necessary to persist.