The world is still in the middle of a global health pandemic with some countries doing a great job eradicating COVID-19. The Untied States however is still fighting this virus with staggering numbers.
There is a thought by many in this country that American is a land of freedom and I don’t have to wear a mask in public because the government has no right to tell me what to do. This absurd vision is why conservative southern states are experiencing huge number of reported cases as more people engage with one another without protecting themesleves and each other.
But what if I told you that wearing a mask in public is the most Libertarian thing you could do? One of the critical functions of a government is protecting public health. Government doesn’t have a role in most of what goes on in the world, but this is one area that most Libertarians would agree is a place for government.
Then, there is the most basic notion of Libertarianism that says, your rights end where my rights begin. You might think you are free to not wear a mask in public, but I also have a right not to get sick from you. If you believe it is your constitutional right not to wear a mask then stay home. I have a right not to contract COVID-19 and the none mask wearer is jeopardizing that right.
The most Libertarian thing you could do is protect your individual self. I want to live my life for many years and if it takes protecting myself from you then I will wear a mask. That is the most Libertarian thing you could do right now. Get off your holier than thou pedestal and be a responsible citizen.
Wear your mask!