Police Violence, COVID-19 Lies, and the End of Legitimate Authority

Our leaders and institutions are failing us spectacularly. It’s up to us to reboot society.

by Nick Gillespie

At first blush, the COVID-19 lockdowns and the protests over the police killing of George Floyd don’t seem to have much in common other than chronological proximity: One came after the other and the frustration with the former might have intensified the anger of the latter. Yet separately, each represents a major blow to basic ideas about legitimate authority and together they represent nothing short of a crisis when it comes to having trust and confidence in the people and institutions that are supposed to govern us.

For the last half century, we have been steadily losing faith that the people in charge of government, law enforcement, business, religion, and nonprofits have our best interests at heart.

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