Episode 8: Petty coronavirus authoritarians can’t cancel your Thanksgiving

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 8

With Thanksgiving upon us, governors around the country are doubling down on their authoritarian attempts to regulate away the risks associated with coronavirus by cracking down on the professional and social activities of citizens.

With Governor Sisolak enforcing stricter mandates this week, Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus argues that widespread compliance is highly unlikely—and that Nevadans should seriously consider just how much weight they want to lend to the governor’s one-man-rule approach to the pandemic.

As Schaus explains, “The novel coronavirus has no regard for the arbitrary limits and restrictions politicians place on our freedoms. Maybe we should have less regard for such limits as well.”


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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a conservative talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.