One of the more persuasive arguments offered against the continuation of the national lockdown is that the government has done all it can to give citizens the information, tools and grace period needed to deal with the coronavirus. It’s time to lift the lockdown, the argument goes, and trust South Africans to take responsibility.Some of our louder libertarians have echoed this, or in some cases thought of it all on their laborious lonesome. Their formulations don’t inspire confidence, as it’s generally couched as an every-man-for-himself scenario, with the rare everywoman thrown in now and then. So there are a lot of manly men thumping their pigeon chests, stamping their feet, railing at maskpussies and proudly announcing that they are heroic grown-ups willing to take their chances with the virus.Just a note on the term "maskpussy": this apparently refers to cowards who refuse to risk other people’s lives, and insist on wearing face masks. It’s a great example of the flawed and egoc...

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