Free Society Dwindles As Permission Requirements Grow, by J.D. Tuccille

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We’re reaching the point of tyranny where only that which is permitted is not forbidden. From J.D. Tuccille at reason.com:

Many things once done as a matter of right are now privileges to be dispensed or withheld by those in power.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a bonanza for government officials, allowing them to extend authority that they then exercise with relatively little oversight or restraint in ways that would have been inconceivable in the past. It has accelerated the transformation of previously free societies into permission-based states, where things once done as a matter of right are now considered privileges to be dispensed or withheld by those in power. Case in point: the Biden administration reportedly discussed making travel within the United States conditional on vaccination status but is holding back out of fear that the public has yet to be sufficiently softened-up for such an…

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