Emergency Powers: Hobbes vs. Locke and COVID-19

In our last episode, we talked about how, according to Locke and the founders, people in the state of nature would choose a government that would protect their natural rights of life, liberty, and possessions in exchange for giving up their right to enforce the law of nature- that is Locke’s version of the social contract. We finished teasing that sometimes, in case of emergencies, the government gets to break its own rules.