Calamities such as COVID-19 illustrate that the decisions everyday Americans make with the common good in mind are far more optimal in preventing the virus’ spread, as they keep our freedoms intact. Daily acts of self-restraint for the sake of others are the bedrock of any free and flourishing society, but during times of national crisis they’re crucial. In short, we need civility. After all, no government can monitor our every action. And even if it could, most Americans wouldn’t want to be subject to such intense governmental scrutiny. This is why self-regulation is so essential.