«…the French national lockdown from mid-March through to mid-May of 2020, during which people were only allowed outside for one hour per day with government authorization, was brutally authoritarian and a shocking blow to civil liberties» — Rachel Marsden, columnist
It’s a topsy-turvy world when nations putting millions of people under house arrest are ranked among the globe’s most ‘free’ countries – yet that’s exactly what the Economist magazine’s latest survey claims.
Hey, people of the world. Do you still live in a free country? It may be hard to tell these days, given all of the restrictions that have been introduced into your daily life over the past year, and which in many cases have yet to let up. To give you a hand, the prestigious Economist magazine has taken it upon itself to let you know whether you’re actually free or not.
Logically, you’d think that the more restrictions introduced in the name of the pandemic would mean a lower civil liberties score. But the Economist makes its pro-lockdown position clear at the outset: “That the course of the pandemic has proved lockdown skeptics wrong does not mean that they should have been prevented from expressing their views, however erroneous some proved to be.”