Lockdowns had no real effect on Covid mortality, but were crushing in almost every other way.

In uncertain circumstances, we should even more strongly favor liberty over centralized control. When the barn is on fire, you set the horses free.

But that isn't what happened.

Liberty is compassion. Control is cruelty.

New Study Finds Covid Lockdowns Had No Benefit | City Journal
Their economic, social, educational, and psychological costs far outweigh any health benefits they might bring, the study suggests.