As readers and subscribers of The BFD know, lockdowns don’t work. Those who still believe in lockdowns however like to point at Sweden as proof that without them, things would be “so much worse”. This despite New Zealand having no land borders and less population density and thus not being comparable. Now it seems that Covid deaths in Sweden are plummeting quicker than in the UK. Summit News explains:

While the media in the UK is asserting lockdown measures caused COVID-19 deaths and cases to plummet, Sweden saw an even greater drop off in deaths despite enforcing comparatively minor restrictions.

[…] However, as Dr. Eli David highlighted, COVID deaths in Sweden began dropping off even sooner without the need for harsh lockdown measures.

“The strict lockdown in the UK was so effective that it stopped the spread of Covid in Sweden as well,” joked David. 

[…]As we highlighted last October, health authorities in the Scandinavian country refused to follow the rest of Europe by imposing new coronavirus lockdown measures on their population, arguing that those beset by loneliness and misery of being isolated have suffered enough. 

Lockdowns, like the “War on Drugs” and “Action on Climate Change”, are examples of what I call “bogeyman” policies. That is, “we know doing x costs, but if we don’t do x then y will happen and y will cost so much more.” In summary, they’re basically just the modern equivalent of sacrificing the first born so that the crops don’t die.

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Libertarian and pragmatic anarchist. Has voted National and ACT. May have voted Labour once but too long ago to remember. Favourite saying: “There but for the grace of God go I.”