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Oct 14, 2021
Federal Mandate Creates Cultural, Econ. Havoc
We had better hope and pray that the anger against the government and the ruling class does not ultimately turn against the free economy itself. In order for that not to happen, the...
Oct 11, 2021
Labor Markets Bruised and Battered by Lockdowns
There were some spooky data points in the latest jobs number. The headline was worrying enough: only 194,000 new jobs added, which is the slowest pace of job growth this year. It...
Oct 7, 2021
Nat'l Mandates Have Nothing to With Civilized Society
The Human Resource order comes down to you with ferocity: get the vaccine or lose your office access and eventually your job. You are stunned. You had heard that the Biden...
Sep 29, 2021
The Purges of the Non-Corona Compliant Have Begun
Once the consciousness seeped in and the politicians panicked, we moved quickly from travel restrictions to lockdowns to mask mandates to domestic capacity restrictions to vaccine...
Sep 28, 2021
Only Freedom Can Fix a Coronavirus-Broken Australia
I've rarely been as charmed by a country or culture as I have been in my many visits to Australia. It always struck me as a peculiarly civilized country. The people seem well...
Sep 24, 2021
Copycat Governments: How the World Locked Down
Why did this tragedy happen in lockstep?
Sep 23, 2021
The Wrecking of New York City: Accident, or Design?
To my mind, the New York Times bears a huge part of the responsibility for the catastrophic policy response to the Coronavirus. Starting on February 27, 2020, the paper reversed...
Sep 17, 2021
These Mindless Covid-19 Travel Restrictions Must Go
On matters epidemiological, I’m a dedicated follower of Professor Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University, scientist and novelist. It was she who granted me a broad understanding of...
Sep 15, 2021
The Crucial -But Unsung - Meaning of FDA Departures
How significant is it that the two top FDA officials responsible for vaccine research resigned last week and this week signed a letter in The Lancet that strongly warns against...
Sep 8, 2021
The Fall of Intellectual Heroism In the Age of Covid-19
Professor Noam Chomsky has always been for me something of an intellectual hero, and not because I agreed with all his views. Rather, I appreciated his radicalism, by which I mean...
Sep 3, 2021
Eerie Parallels Between Vaxx Passports, Segregation
There are periods in American history when a scientifically based frenzy sweeps all other considerations before it. Values like equality, democracy, and freedom give way toward a new...
Aug 30, 2021
Actually, the WHO Blatantly Oversold the C19 Vaccine
A strange feature of rhetoric during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic that came to public notice in early 2020 was the odd silence about the immune system. Whereas in the past, vaccines and...
Aug 17, 2021
Tragic Lockdowns Will Be Biden'x Next Afghanistan
My overall impression is that the mask wearing and distancing are entirely performative at this point, just as the fighting in Afghanistan has been for the better part of 15 years...
Aug 12, 2021
Needless Lockdowns May Bring Mass Migration
What this means for people in open states is the dawning of a new consciousness. If they are going to keep their freedoms and good lives, they have to prepare for a new way of...
Aug 11, 2021
The Sick,Totalitarian Puritanism Driving Lockdownism
The lockdowns are looking less like a gigantic error and more like the unfolding of a fanatical political ideology and policy experiment that attacks core postulates of civilization...
Aug 6, 2021
Seeds of Lockdowns Were Planted in 2005-2006
If they tried to generate panic based on next to nothing in 2005-06, people should have asked at the time, what will they do when something real comes along? It took 15 years but now...
Aug 5, 2021
The CDC Alone Is Regulating Rental Markets
We’ve entered into an area of post-truth governance. If they can take away your right to enforce rent collection from your own tenants — and this has been provisionally codified...
Aug 4, 2021
Unwillingness to Admit Error Costing Us Dearly
Refusal to admit failure is costing us dearly right now, as they added layer upon layer of compulsion as a cover for honestly coming to terms with the appalling mess of the last 18...
Aug 2, 2021
Why Did They Do This To Us? On Lockdowns
Every age has generated some fashionable and overriding reason why people cannot be free. Public health is the reason of the moment. In this author’s telling, everything we think...
Jul 30, 2021
The CDC Exercises Arbitrary Power While Vandalizing Science
I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the astonishing shift from the CDC on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. It is not just that the CDC is re-recommending masks for people indoors...
Jul 28, 2021
The CDC's Hysterical Delta Flip-Flop Might Be Its Final Undoing
The crazy, convoluted, mixed up messaging from the CDC – it's been this way from the beginning of the pandemic until now – has taken yet another turn. Now the CDC is...
Jul 19, 2021
The Market Is Expert at Pricing Individual Risk. Let Markets Work
We all inhabit a variety of subcultures in life – sports, religion, music, other hobbies – so we cannot be expected to be up on the proprietary language of them all. So I...
Jul 13, 2021
Will Cuba's Needless Lockdowns Finally Topple Its Sick Regime?
Is Cuba finally blowing up? It’s impossible to say but the images that average people, gathering spontaneously on the streets, somehow managed to upload – despite...
Jul 12, 2021
An Inside Look at Lockdown Orders From 2020
Life in the United States and in many parts of the world was transformed in mid-March 2020. That was when the great experiment began. It was a test. How much power does government...
Jul 8, 2021
Knocking On Doors, Biden Administration Has Its Own 'Track and Trace'
The Biden administration’s announcement that it would go door-to-door pushing vaccines is alarming, to say the least. Vaccine data reveal that more than 90% of those vulnerable...
Jul 5, 2021
Why Did Donald Trump Take a Covid Route So Damaging to Trump?
“Endemicity” is not a word that rolls off the vernacular tongue. Still, its new prominence in the halls of governments around the world is a huge ray of hope. It means...
Jul 2, 2021
Maybe We're Too Ready for the Next Pandemic
We are nowhere near coming to terms with what happened over the last 16 months. The camps of thought are all over the place. Some people regard the whole thing to be a fiasco...
Jun 30, 2021
Ignoring the Fear, Americans Reclaim Their Right to Travel
Bopping around on the Internet, I ran across the latest terrifying video from Anthony “I-Am-Science” Fauci warning about the Delta Variant. It will soon be everywhere in...
Jun 23, 2021
Explaining Donald Trump's Bizarre Reactions to the Coronavirus
One of the great mysteries of history yet to be fully solved is the role of President Donald Trump in the Covid pandemic and policy response. His actions, decisions, and messaging on...
Jun 21, 2021
Did Economists Really Favor the Corona-Lockdowns?
There was never anything remotely resembling a consensus for lockdowns in any broad circle of academic opinion. Not in epidemiology. Not among medical practitioners. Not among...
Jun 19, 2021
As Long As He's Fed Chair, Jerome Powell Can't Fix a Supply Problem
Here is a keeper quotation for the ages, courtesy of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. The other day, he told Bloomberg, in a rare moment of candor, “It turns out it’s a...
Jun 18, 2021
Is This the Final Corruption of American-Style Liberalism?
Is there anything liberal remaining in the word liberalism? It was bad enough when 90 years ago “liberalism” acquiesced to supporting the corporate statism of the New...
Jun 16, 2021
Andrew Cuomo's Call for Living Life Is Way Too Little, Too Late
“Life is about interacting.” Wait, it’s not about lockdown? Who is this non-compliant rebel saying this? Why, these are the words of New York Governor Andrew...
Jun 15, 2021
What I Learned During the 2020 Fight Over Lockdowns
Last year presented the shock of our lives, the near-end of anything we call human liberty in the US (but for one lonely state of 50), all in the name of virus control. I was party...
Jun 12, 2021
A Florida Court Sanely Rules Against Political Force Involving Masks
We’ve all been there – or most of us have – during these last 16 months. We’ve wondered, “Am I the crazy one or has the world gone crazy?” We were...
Jun 10, 2021
Looking Deeper Into the New York Times' China-Lockdown Excitement
Recall that the lockdowns that came to the U.S. in 2020 had an unusual origin. It was from Wuhan, China. That city’s experience became the test and the model. We saw all the...
Jun 9, 2021
The New York Times Wanted "Others" To Take On the Virus
Anytime this past year, the New York Times would tell you based on your zip code how much danger you face from Covid, based on case trends. Even at the lowest level, they always...
Jun 8, 2021
The Day Anthony Fauci Rejected Excellent Advice
Getting through the 3,000 pages of Dr. Fauci’s emails is a slog. I admit that I’ve not completed the task because I’m really trying my best to piece together the...
Jun 7, 2021
Why Did Healthcare Spending Decline 8.6% During a Pandemic?
Early on in the pandemic lockdowns, I got a call from a friend in Texas. He reported that local hospitals were furloughing nurses, and the parking lot was completely empty. I...
Jun 5, 2021
Believe Your Own Eyes About Fauci E-Mails, Not the Fact Checkers
Reading through the 4,000-plus pages of Dr. Fauci’s emails – where’s the bottle of Visine? – has not been the most exciting of literary experiences, but it...
Jun 3, 2021
Anthony Fauci's Shockingly Obtuse E-Mails to Michael Gerson
The email dump of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s correspondence is a treasure trove of insight. Don’t rely on the major media to explain what’s in it, however. Reporters...
Jun 2, 2021
There's a Revolutionary Spirit Enlivened In America
Since the great, or actually miserable, lockdowns of March 2020, I’ve had a sense of foreboding. I recall thinking that there was no way something this contrary to all American...
Jun 1, 2021
With The Premonition, Michael Lewis Went to Print Too Soon
How entrenched in political culture is the idea of lockdown to address a crisis? My optimistic bent says: not much. We are in the blowback stage. The nearly uncritical celebration...
May 31, 2021
Rental Car Rates Vivify the Ongoing Lockdown Horrors
In Bozeman, Montana, a rental car will zap you $350 a day plus gas, or $650 for something fancier than a compact. In Manchester, New Hampshire, $250 a day plus gas. In Dallas, Texas,...
May 28, 2021
Uruguay Locked Down to Lefty and IMF Cheers. The Virus Still Had Its Way
The case of Uruguay – that inauspicious, high-income utopia south of Brazil – seemed like everything of which the lockdown lobby had dreamed. A hard imposition of...
May 27, 2021
Why It's Harder to Buy a Car Right Now
The strangest economic anomaly that I’ve noticed this year– among many! – hit me when I was driving in Texas, my home state. The Dallas Fort-Worth metroplex has...
May 25, 2021
With Its Calls to Mask Kids, the CDC Sends a Tragic Message
In the middle of March 2020 – dark times, never to be forgotten – most governors made a fateful error. In the midst of a disease panic, leading to political panic, fueled...
May 24, 2021
To Protect Your Liberty, Smash the Total Virus-Elimination Narrative
Many industries were throttled, bludgeoned, beaten, and even destroyed during the lockdowns of 2020. It will be years before the damage is repaired, and some of it is...
May 22, 2021
The Rise of Politicized Fact Checkers
With all the talk about vaccine passports, many have pointed out that they seem to violate the spirit of existing law. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...
May 20, 2021
2020 Exploded the Myth About Left Wing Love of the Poor
An axiom everyone picks up in college – and in nearly the whole of media culture too – is that people who favor a market economy disregard everyone but the privileged...
May 19, 2021
They're Finding There's No 'On' Button for a Whole Economy
Think for a moment about Directive 10-289. It was passed via executive edict amidst a collapsing economy. Factories were shutting down. Workers were fleeing their jobs. Production...
May 18, 2021
The World Health Organization Endorses Lockdowns Forever
The last 14 months elevated a global group of intellectuals and bureaucrats about which most people had previously cared very little. Among them, the ones who believe least in...
May 18, 2021
Why the Sudden CDC Turnabout On Covid Restrictions?
Twenty years ago, I had some vague sense that there was a Centers for Disease Control that performed traditional public-health functions. It tracked diseases. It made health...
May 17, 2021
Joe Biden Loudly Expressed His Economic Ignorance Last Week
There are those who respect economic forces and those who know nothing about them. Sadly, this past week, during the shocking build-up of gas lines around the South and East coasts,...
May 4, 2021
Is Economy a Virtual Reality?
"It’s impossible to know precisely what the future portends for all these unprecedented policy shocks over the last year, from money supply and spending bonanzas to lockdowns to...
May 3, 2021
The Anti-Lockdown Movement Is Very Large and Growing
"The reason why the lockdown advocates are intensifying their perception and exercise of hegemony right now is to forestall the possibility that the entire lockdown praxis will fall...
Apr 30, 2021
Lockdowns Would Have Horrified Dead Cons, Libertarians
"Most of the contributors to this book are deceased so we are left to speculate about what their views toward Covid lockdowns would be. I suspect most if not all would be astonished...
Apr 29, 2021
Consumers Who Desire Privacy Finally Getting Their Way
"The Internet and the app economy might someday live up to their promise. Rather than invading our personal autonomy, collecting data, and monetizing every aspect of our lives, they...
Apr 21, 2021
The Intensely Vicious Lockdown Paradigm Is Collapsing
"What will replace lockdown ideology? We can hope it will be the realization that the old principles of public health served us well, as did the legal and moral principles of human...
Apr 16, 2021
3 Books on Lockdown Catastrophe
"These are three of what will be thousands of books that will be appearing in the coming years on these tragic times. I’m willing to wager that most of these books will severely...
Apr 14, 2021
Mises About Intellectual Obligation During Times of Crisis
"Are we willing to throw ourselves into the intellectual battle to make things right, to restore and secure essential liberties and rights, to erect barriers that make it impossible...
Apr 12, 2021
The Scandalous Truth About Yet Another Covid-19 Myth
"How many years will it take before people can come to terms with the embarrassing and scandalous reality that much of what posed as Science last year was made up on the fly and...
Apr 8, 2021
YouTube Censors Gov. DeSantis & His Science Advisors
"The pulling of the roundtable video comes a day after the total humiliation of 60 Minutes in many stories that defended the governor. Its deletion of the most viewed version online...
Apr 7, 2021
China’s Digital Currency Is In No Way Bitcoin
"Governments who attempt to create their own crypto now are merely seeking to bathe in the warmth of one of our epoch’s greatest creations even while they eschew everything that...
Mar 29, 2021
Why Is Everyone in TX Not Dying?
"Now we can see the failure in black, white, and full color, daily appearing on our screens courtesy of the CDC. Has that shaken the pro-lockdown pundit class? Not that much. What an...
Mar 16, 2021
A Growing Admission That the Lockdowns Were Disastrous
President Biden made a statement last week that Americans might be able to gather in small groups by July 4, to celebrate Independence Day. One wonders who is protecting him...
Mar 12, 2021
The Lego Movie Isn't Really About Freedom
The first time I saw The Lego Movie (2014) I interpreted it as a soaring hymn to creative entrepreneurship and the terrible results of planning.
Mar 10, 2021
Time To Be Honest About Carnage Wrought By Lockdowns
Daniela Lamas, a critical care doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has written a terrifying article in the Washington Post. It’s about the non-Covid...
Mar 9, 2021
Collapse of Trust In Public Health
Maybe you have noticed the rise in public incredulity toward the coronavirus narrative that you hear all day from the mainstream media. More doubts. More opposition. More protests....
Mar 6, 2021
Emancipation: TX Should Never Give Up Its Freedoms Again
My family moved to Texas from Massachusetts in 1830, six years before Texas became an independent nation. I should say one man made the migration; he met his wife on the journey, in...
Mar 3, 2021
Lockdown Victims All Over Map
Lockdowns or not? That’s been the primary question for social, economic, and political organizations for the past year. It’s a new question for humanity. Lockdowns were...
Feb 23, 2021
How Does All the Nonsense End?
There is a sense in the air that the pandemic is winding down, and the toxic culture of division, fear, and hatred along with it. Cases are down dramatically. Deaths too....
Feb 22, 2021
Covid-19 Cases, Like Political Careers, Dropping Like Rocks
New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who bears so much responsibility for the mess in his windswept state, last year wrote a book celebrating his role in managing the Covid...
Feb 12, 2021
A Currency That Rises In Value Will Change Everything
Maybe widespread ownership and use of Bitcoin and other cryptos can make a cultural and economic contribution to converting us from profligate to thrifty in the way our great-great...
Feb 10, 2021
They'll Look Back On the Lockdowns With Total Mystification
People of the future will look back at these 11 months and be very confused. How could virtually the entire world have thrown out settled practices of civil, economic, and cultural...
Feb 8, 2021
Lockdowns Depleted Capital In All Forms
When lockdowns first happened, my initial thought was geeky, and only later did I begin to realize the implications for human rights and liberties. My thought was: this is...
Feb 5, 2021
Oh Please, People Only Pretend to Practice Social Distancing
Let’s speak frankly about a strange protocol foisted on us nearly a year ago – not just us but also people all over the world! – but about which there has been very...
Feb 1, 2021
The Times Wants You Consumed by Fear, Isolation & Misery
There are probably multiple reasons why coronavirus cases in the US are down nearly 50% in the US in the last month. Could be seasonal. Could be the vaccine. Could be herd...
Jan 26, 2021
All Hail the End of Needless Lockdowns!
What a glorious thing the reopening is! After nearly a year of darkening times, the light has begun to dawn, at least in the US. Given how incredibly political this pandemic...
Jan 22, 2021
Americans Are Fleeing Lockdowns, When They Can Afford To
For nearly a year, governments have been instructing people to stay put. Don’t leave your home unless you have to. Forget about organizing or attending events. Weddings and...
Jan 19, 2021
The Economic Policy Failures of Trump
There is some bitter irony embedded in the original campaign 2016 presidential pitch to “Make America Great Again.” One looks around the country to...
Jan 15, 2021
Ignorance Threatens What We Hold Dear: A C19 Reading List
Daily the news is pouring in: SARS-CoV-2 behaves like a textbook respiratory virus in its vectors of transmission and its conferring immunity. It is not and never was a...
Jan 13, 2021
Amid the Asian Flu of 1957-1958, Lockdowns Were Rejected
The Asian flu of 1957-58 was a deadly pandemic with a broader reach for severe outcomes than Covid-19 of 2020. It killed between 1 and 4 million people worldwide, and...
Jan 12, 2021
Something Has Gone Very Wrong
It seems incredible to observe that those dark days are back: protectionism, shutdowns, state management of life, and a renewed push for socialism, the most anti-economic ideology...
Jan 6, 2021
Why Catastrophe Is All Around Us
As a naturally optimistic person, it vexes me that the word catastrophe has echoed in my mind since early March 2020. It’s the word the great smallpox eradicator Donald...
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