With Coronavirus, Will Authoritarian Impulses Prevail?

By Kelley Beaucar Vhalos

The American Conservative

s the number of coronavirus infections topped 3,100 in the U.S. as of Sunday afternoon, including 63 deaths, major cities appear to be considering lock-downs as we have seen in Europe—everything shut down by the government—including borders—except for essential grocery stores and pharmacies.

Hoboken, N.J., which has has had a reported three cases of coronavirus as of Sunday, has shut down all bars and restaurants and has instituted a curfew of 10 p.m. for all residents. Hoboken is also suspending street cleaning, closing playing fields, recreation facilities, and playgrounds, as well as day cares and pop-up camps for children, and limiting City Hall services. Senior activities had already been canceled.

As of Sunday there were 72 cases identified and two deaths in New Jersey, which is one of the country’s most densely populated states (8.9 million), and the Democratic governor is reportedly considering a state-wide shutdown.


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  1. Yes they will and already have. I live in Michigan and schools have been shut down for 4 to 8 weeks and as of 3:30 EST of today you cannot go to sit-down diners. Gretchen Witmer is a bitch

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