The COVID-19 pandemic has caused incredible turmoil and pain for millions of people around the world. This uncertainty has inspired many to call for government to step in and fight the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that hospitals and critical industries have the resources and supplies they need.
While government policies have a role in protecting public health, it is important to recognize how free enterprise has been proven as the best way to help those in need during this crisis. Private individuals and companies being able to innovate and operate—free from heavy-handed government dictates—has always been the most successful way for societies to work together and thrive during uncertain times.
Some uplifting examples from just the past few weeks show how private companies have stepped up, pivoted, or innovated to help those being hurt by COVID-19.
These are just a handful of the hundreds of examples of people and companies voluntarily working together, innovating, and doing what they can to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Acts like these require freedom for entrepreneurs and companies to adapt, produce, and trade. Government governs best during these uncertain times by empowering those who can help and allowing them to do their work.