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  • One quibble:

    “Decisions about each carry risks that must be weighed, and the ultimate responsibility belongs to elected officials, not unaccountable bureaucrats.”

    Actually, ultimate accountability belongs to a free people. Elected officials must operate with the consent of the governed, who must be allowed to make their own balancing judgments and must retain personal responsibility to safeguard their own health and well-being.

    • That’s true, but only at election time. What we had in mind was one step removed from the electorate, as exemplified by this observation of Edmund Burke: “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.” If you don’t like his judgement, you vote him out. But day to day between elections, “the governed” don’t get to make certain risk-benefit decisions, such as whether we should have speed cameras on the streets, facial recognition software in airports, or 5G networks. Or the military draft.

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