When things fall apart, people get upset and blame the government. If governments don’t come to the rescue, people rush out onto the street and tear governments down.
Governments don’t like this.
To stop such threats to their survival, governments declare martial law – which tends to make governments look bad.
Governments don’t like that, either. So, they try to use different excuses for martial law – like war. And, that was the tried and true method for every government, and frankly there weren’t many options to choose from.
But, in our technocratic society, governments have quite a few new alternatives…
…like pandemic disease.