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COVID-19 Protests in New Zealand Are All About Economic Freedom

By Patrick Tyrrell Anthony B. Kim

New Zealand was one of only five economically free countries in the world, as measured by The Heritage Foundation’s 2021 Index of Economic Freedom.

For years, the people of New Zealand have enjoyed robust rule of law, clear regulatory efficiency, and free and open markets. The size of the government has been relatively small, which is a boon to economic freedom.

Recently, though, the government of New Zealand has disregarded people’s economic freedom in an attempt to eradicate all traces of COVID-19 from the southwest Pacific Ocean island nation.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started in early 2020, the left-leaning government of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s restrictive pandemic response policies have destroyed the livelihoods of service professionals, retailers, and small-business people, among others…

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