That is the title of my most recent work-in-progress, available here via SSRN. Among other things, my paper surveys the greatest and largest-scale “taking” in the history of the United States: the taking of labor of non-essential workers during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. In brief, many State and local governments across the U.S. enacted emergency lockdown orders that deprived “non-essential” workers of their self-ownership rights by preventing them from making a living. Yet, aside from ad hoc stimulus checks and the payment of fraud-ridden and inefficient unemployment benefits, not a single one of these workers received any “just compensation” as required by the Takings Clause of the Constitution. Meanwhile, billionaires avoid paying their fair share of taxes …
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