One thing is certain, it is that the pandemic will have profoundly changed our expectations of the State. But far from clarifying our relationship with him, it only complicated them a little more. The outbreak of the virus first seemed to signify the return to favor of a protective State, after decades of criticism and unraveling: who is not relieved to find it still able to organize, somehow , our collective survival?
But he quickly made us feel his paternalistic weight once heavy coercive measures were imposed which confiscate our freedoms and our well-being in the name of a higher interest whose evidence is not always clear: for ourselves, for others, for both at the same time? By enjoining us to lead a compartmentalized existence, doesn’t the State seem to undermine the very bases which justify it, namely living together?