I like this piece for its invention of the term hygiene socialism, which seems useful to me. The writer notes that the concept is not new. Herbert Spencer described the same threat to liberty using similar language in 1851. The new phrase, however, is instantly meaningful to today’s libertarians and conservatives.
The writer doesn’t answer his own question, What is to be done? He refers us instead to Murray Rothbard’s 1977 essay, “Toward a Strategy for Libertarian Social Change.”
A summary of Rothbard might have been helpful, but perhaps it is enough just to have the new coinage. Hygiene socialism is necessarily as bad as every other variety of socialism, and for all the same reasons. To the extent that fear of Covid-19 distracts us from the risks to our political economy, hygiene socialism restores the right focus.