by Ethan Yang
The American Institute for Economic Research
The Great Barrington Declaration has ignited a much-needed debate about the efficacy of lockdown policies and the most effective way to reach herd immunity. Around the world, thousands of scientists and concerned citizens have indicated their support for the ideas put forward in the Declaration. End the lockdowns, allow society to return to normal, and protect the most vulnerable. With all the talk about this being a radical and profound idea, in actuality, this is a pretty traditional way of dealing with diseases.
The burden of proof is on those who wish to continue what seems to be a failed experiment with lockdowns. However, the rhetoric of those critical of the Great Barrington Declaration has shown a concerning amount of inconsistency. We are told that lockdowns are only temporary, but also we need to hunker down for the long haul.