Case Study: How Uruguay Resisted the Pandemic and Saved Its Economy

by | Jun 23, 2020

Case Study: How Uruguay Resisted the Pandemic and Saved Its Economy

by | Jun 23, 2020

Uruguay Mapa

We are not talking enough about Uruguay. That small South American country boasts impressive results in its handling of the coronavirus. It is also signaling that it wants to prosper and that it understands more freedom might be the way to go about it.

Under President Luis Lacalle Pou, Uruguay has suffered a very low number of deaths from coronavirus (23 as of June 15) and the number of confirmed cases (848) is small. At no point did the government decree a national quarantine, preferring instead to let individual responsibility, guided by accurate and transparent information that originated from a team of scientists and experts, do the trick.

Rather than shut down the economy (80 percent of it kept going) and send the police or the military to arrest people, as was done in some other countries, the authorities, in coordination with civil society, put an emphasis on testing (proportionally, they are only behind South Korea in the number of tests as a percentage of confirmed cases) and briefly isolating those who had Covid-19. The external borders were shut, but the internal borders were kept open.

Read the rest of this article the Independent Institute.

Related Articles

Related

TGIF: Mises, Ryle, and Me

TGIF: Mises, Ryle, and Me

In 1949, the first year of Harry S. Truman's only elective presidential term, three things happened that were of huge importance ... at least to me. Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) published Human Action. Gilbert Ryle (1900-1976) published The Concept of Mind. And, oh...

read more
The Breonna Taylor Tapes

The Breonna Taylor Tapes

If this one hadn't gone viral, the "law" would have buried innocent slain victim Breonna Taylor's heroic boyfriend Kenneth Walker under the prison for attempting to murder a cop. Now the tapes of his interrogation have been released. As NBC News explains: Walker was...

read more
Anatomy Of A Monopoly

Anatomy Of A Monopoly

Anyone who has ever tried to start a business knows the difficulty in just getting it off the ground. Ignoring licensing, etc., consider that most potential entrepreneurs start off in a financial hole. If you have to hire employees this will be your biggest expense....

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This