The COVID-19 pandemic is a wet market for central planners. But road maps for exiting the crisis are meaningless when there are no perfect or final answers.
Originally published in The Australian Financial Review
Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman famously said, “I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” As the coronavirus response becomes routine, citizens used to regarding themselves as free are restlessly questioning the length, extent, and logic of their confinement. These are good questions and should be asked. Governments are also asking themselves the same questions and their decisions are neither perfect nor final.
The virus response has raised many more questions and these also don’t have perfect or final answers. All the more reason to keep asking them. When dealing with complexity, timely questions are more valuable than dogmatic answers.
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