Are we being panicked into giving up our freedom?

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Millions of people around the world are undergoing lockdowns and following “social distancing” rules, with new laws being implemented at an unprecedented rate.

The reason for these changes is the outbreak of a new, highly contagious disease.

But how much can we even rely on the “official” figures for the spread of the new coronavirus? The BBC openly admits that the reported numbers of coronavirus deaths reflect the number of people who died with the disease in their system, but did not necessarily die as a result of Covid-19.

Few people today think about concepts like the social contract and “consent of the governed”, which are foundational to our understanding of democracy. Democracy is something that most people in developed countries take for granted.

But with this crisis, those concepts are now coming into sharp focus.

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