Peter Hitchens: Liberty in the Age of Covid-19

On March 21st, in his Daily Mail column, Peter Hitchens asked the unaskable: Is shutting down Britain – with unprecedented curbs on ancient liberties – REALLY the best answer? 

“This is our future,” he wrote, “and if I did not lift my voice to speak up for it now, even if I do it quite alone, I should consider that I was not worthy to call myself English or British, or a journalist, and that my parents’ generation had wasted their time saving the freedom and prosperity which they handed on to me after a long and cruel struggle whose privations and griefs we can barely imagine.”

He took a lot of grief for it. Now, on this special podcast, he sits down with London Calling’s James Delingpole, to discuss the shutdown of our Western Democracies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and what the acceptance of unprecedented government power means for each of us.

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  1. Taras Coolidge

    Hitchens makes an interesting point: many people may be dying, not of Coronavirus, but with Coronavirus.

    We are constantly told that the old and the sick are the most likely to be killed by the virus, but the old and the sick are the most likely to die, whether they have the virus or not. The virus could be something like an innocent bystander, in some cases.

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    • March 26, 2020, at 10:21 PM PDT
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  2. William Laing Member

    Please post a transcript!

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    • March 26, 2020, at 11:34 PM PDT
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  3. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Delightful conversation. Yes, I agree that the big problem seems to be taking a one-size-fits all approach to everything. If you go to restaurant (as my husband and I did last Saturday) and there is no one there, why not be able to eat there instead of carrying out. If you need to take your shoes to be repaired and the repair shop can only fit one customer at a time, then just see one customer at a time but let them stay open as they wish. Perhaps I’m naive and think folks can figure out how to do this without shutting everything down and destroying so many livelihoods. Thanks again for the intelligent discussion.

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    • March 27, 2020, at 8:56 AM PDT
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  4. Thursby Member
    Thursby Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    When will we hear “zero tolerance?”


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    • March 29, 2020, at 7:39 AM PDT
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