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Guess Who Was Called a Crank, and Who’s Now a Covid Hero

June 24, 2021

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
There have been a lot of bad guys over the past year and a half.
But there have been good guys, too.
And there’s something interesting that the two best guys have in common (and it has to do with my subject line for today).
By my estimation, the best U.S. senator — by far — throughout this fiasco has been Rand Paul, and the best member of the House has been Rep. Thomas Massie.
Both have been excellent on lockdowns, masks, vaccines and vaccine passports. Both have pushed back against Fauci. Were it not for Rand, we probably wouldn’t know a thing about gain-of-function research and Wuhan.
Ain’t no way a product of the GOP establishment was going to come out swinging like Rand.
Mitt Romney standing up to

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Chart Flattens Doomer Governor

March 27, 2021

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
Before I get into today’s issue, a note for the youngsters:
The most formative intellectual event of my life was Mises University, the Mises Institute’s week-long summer instructional program for college students that trains them in the Austrian School of Economics. This is the school (of thought; it’s not a literal school, of course) that includes such free-market heroes as Nobel Prize winner F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Murray Rothbard.
You will have the time of your life at this thing. You won’t believe how much you’ll learn, and you’ll meet lots of like-minded people your age.
As long as you can get yourself there transportation-wise, attendance costs nothing; the cost is

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What I Saw in a ‘Pro-Science’ State

March 20, 2021

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
Someone complained to me via email the other day.
I’m tired of the COVID stuff, he said. Give me something positive.
I replied, “Last week I released an episode on how to prosper even during the insanity. Did you listen to that?”
Crickets.
Well, anyway, here’s something positive:
I’m writing to you from an in-person conference. No capacity limit, no dehumanizing masks, because it’s on a property not open to the general public: the Mises Institute.
I’m here for their Austrian Economics Research Conference, where the brightest scholars gather to share their work in pushing our intellectual tradition forward.
But although this conference, which is 100% Old Normal, is great,

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The Biggest Covid Heretic Strikes Back

March 18, 2021

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
From the standpoint of what we laughingly call our “public health” establishment, the most dangerous heretic of 2020 was Scott Atlas.
Atlas, who served in the White House during 2020 as a public health adviser on matters related to COVID-19, recently spoke to a group of students at Stanford University about his experience.
Atlas was treated absurdly by his fellow academics and (of course) by the media, who accused him of all kinds of wickedness because he dissented from the lockdown consensus.
He reviewed all the key points from the past year.
First, in order to explain away the clear failures of lockdowns and other alleged mitigation measures, the lockdowners have tried to

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The Virus Is Your Fault, Says the Fauci Regime

March 2, 2021

You’ve heard it again and again:
The spread of the virus is your fault.
According to our opinion molders, any movements in the COVID-19 numbers are a reflection of the compliance, or otherwise, of the public with the usual array of the state’s so-called mitigation measures.
Now if we had any actual journalists, some of them would observe the absurdity of all this. After all, societies with little in common and remote from each other have seen exactly the same curves; we’re supposed to believe that this is because their peoples all complied, and then didn’t comply, and then complied again on exactly the same timetable?
Can people really be this thick?
Thus Elaine Godfrey at The Atlantic just wrote, “In November I wrote a story

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How My ‘Uneducated’ Father Smashed Evil People

November 30, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
My father, who died 24 years ago, was a high school dropout.
He wound up getting his GED when he was in his 40s.
Now according to the conventional wisdom, he must have been an uneducated moron — after all, formal schooling is what separates us from the animals.
And yet, not quite.
My father read anything and everything. Circumstances had made the completion of high school impossible for him, but that didn’t mean he didn’t want to learn things.
Of course, he didn’t have to waste his time reading left-wing gobbledygook.
(I did once find him reading Voltaire’s Candide, and I told him enough was enough — even a nerd like me didn’t want to read that book.)
Dad knew at least a

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Guess What Biden’s Virus Adviser Wants To Do

October 31, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
Remember that creep Dr. Zeke Emanuel?
I’ll refresh your memory:
“We cannot return to normal until there’s a vaccine. Conferences, concerts, sporting events, religious services, dinner in a restaurant, none of that will resume until we find a vaccine, a treatment, or a cure….
“We need to prepare ourselves for this to last 18 months or so and for the toll that it will take. We need to develop a long-term solution based on those facts. It has to account for what we are losing while this fight goes on, things like schooling and income and contact with our friends and extended family.”
He wanted you to go for 18 months without “schooling and income and contact with [your] friends

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Scott Atlas Just Hit Back at Fauci

October 2, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
Well, this Dr. Scott Atlas is a fighter.
The lockdowners can’t stand him. So they point out that he isn’t an epidemiologist.
No, but (1) he’s simply relaying what the epidemiologists are saying, and any intelligent person can do that; and (2) he is trying to encourage Americans to think about the long-term effects on everyone of the fanaticism over COVID — and is that a concern we were seeing expressed under Fauci? Is there any indication that Fauci recognizes collateral damage from shutdowns at all?
Atlas mentions names — drawn from Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford — that have never been uttered under the Fauci regime and would never have been heard by the American public

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Shock: Harvard Prof Talks Sense About Lockdowns and Virus

September 19, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
By now I’m sure you know Stanford’s Dr. Scott Atlas, who is Public Enemy #1 to the COVID cultists because he takes a reality-based approach to the virus. He’s also now an adviser to the President.
Well, a bunch of his colleagues, not exactly risking anything in this political climate, recently released a letter attacking him. (The vast majority of these colleagues have donated to Democratic candidates or other left-wing causes, we now know.)
Why, how dare he say children are at essentially no risk! (Um, because children obviously are essentially at no risk?)
How dare he suggest that we protect the vulnerable and let everyone else live? Why, all should be punished equally!
Now

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Lockdowns Kill, Exhibit Z

August 22, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
The side effects of the lockdowns keep getting harder to ignore.
Dr. Brian Stauffer is head of cardiology at Denver Health. He and his colleagues wanted to figure out why the number of people arriving at the hospital suffering from cardiac arrest had plummeted in recent months.
Surely, dear reader, you know where this is going.
According to the Colorado Sun:
Looking at data on ambulance calls in Denver, they found that, while overall calls for service went down during the stay-at-home period, the number of people dying from cardiac arrests at home shot up.
Stauffer’s team found that cardiac arrests at home in Denver more than doubled in the two weeks after the statewide

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Lockdown Evil

August 19, 2020

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By now we’ve all gotten the message: you’re selfish if you’d like to do the kinds of things that once gave your life meaning.
For these people, life is about nothing but the avoidance of death.
Virtually everything you’ve looked forward to has been canceled, and nobody will tell you when you can have those things back. “When we have a vaccine,” comes the raving lunatic’s answer.
Nobody was giving you that answer when they were pushing “15 days to flatten the curve.” They didn’t dare.
Instead, they kept us in our homes for those 15 days, and then 15 days after that, and 15 days after that. Each time they pushed the date back we grew more demoralized, more resigned to a barren life without “large

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They Don’t Dare Tell You What July 4th Really Means

July 4, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
Independence Day is coming up, and I wonder how many people really get why it matters.In school, we were told this: “No taxation without representation.”Zzzzzzzz.The real principles were more like the following.(1) No legislation without representation.The colonists insisted that they could be governed only by the colonial legislatures. This is the principle of self-government.This is why a Supreme Court ordering localities around is anti-American in the truest sense. It operates according to the opposite principle from the one the American colonists stood for.(2) Contrary to the modern Western view of the state that it must be considered one and indivisible, the colonists

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The Pretend ‘Defund the Police’ Movement, and the Real One

July 1, 2020

The conversation about the future of the police shifted dramatically after the death of George Floyd on May 25. At first most people doubtless assumed that activists would demand a series of reforms to American police departments. And yet before we knew it, the call to “defund the police” was being heard everywhere.
So far, though, calls to defund the police have been fraught with confusion.
On social media, curious observers have wondered how people will acquire security services in the absence of police. In response, many defenders of the “defund the police” cause have impatiently lectured them (“do your research!”), explaining that of course defunding the police doesn’t mean reducing their budget to zero. “Defund the police”

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Now the Savages Are Trying To Take Down One of Our Own

June 23, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
How about this:
By far the most prolific living libertarian is Walter Block, who has written countless books and close to 600 scholarly articles — an accomplishment I am uncertain if any academic in any discipline could match today, or ever.
Walter has also co-authored over 100 scholarly articles with students. That’s unheard of. What an extraordinary advantage that gives Walter’s students over their peers — how many students of other professors can say they published an article in an academic journal while they were undergraduates?
Loyola University, New Orleans, where Walter teaches, must be beaming with pride, right?
Well, a group of students are currently circulating a

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Hysteria Based on Phony Numbers, BLM Edition

June 20, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
Well, Dilbert creator Scott Adams has gone and done it now.
He just published the following Twitter thread, which I reproduce here without comment:
Today is the last day of my seven-day challenge to provide a current example of systemic racism in America. No examples yet, just conceptual takes.
One view is that racist people in a non-racist system creates “systemic racism.” For example, the justice system is colorblind by intention, but not by outcome. The reason for different outcomes is assumed to be racism, but studies can’t isolate that variable.
And here we have a new problem. If “look at the data” is an argument for ANYTHING, why are we having mass protests about police

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BLM and Our ‘White Supremacist Society’

June 17, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
Sometimes there’s more to an organization than its name.
People who oppose Antifa are told: “Antifa is anti-fascist — the word itself is short for ‘anti-fascist.’ If you won’t support an anti-fascist organization, you must be a fascist.”
So the possibility that there could be more to an organization than just its name is not raised.
The same goes for Black Lives Matter.
If you suggest that there might be problems with this organization, you must not think black lives matter — I mean, duh, those words are right there in the name!
The program associated with BLM extends far beyond concern for police behavior toward blacks — and even that topic is debatable, because their

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Finally, a Sane Libertarian Voice on Rioting

June 4, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
Yesterday I talked to a well-known libertarian personality who is distraught over the libertarian response to the rioting and looting.
Most of it has been along these lines:
“Yes, yes, looting is bad, but what do you expect? These are people seeking justice!”
This is what people seeking justice act like, in your opinion?
If we can’t even be reliable on the destruction of our cities, what the hell good are we?
This personality said, “Libertarians can’t call out a violent mob destroying property and beating old people up. What’s the point of us if we can’t do that?”
He said one of his friends had just spoken to a first responder in New York City who said, “We’ve completely lost

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Rioting: Everyone Has Lost Their Minds

June 2, 2020

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From the Tom Woods Letter:
Some libertarians tell me: there’s no such thing as left and right; this is a made-up distinction meant to divide us.
Not so, and I can prove it.
I can tell the difference with one question.
“Are rioting and looting wrong?”
One side will say yes. The other will give you a speech. Works every time.
(Michael Malice has a similarly formulated question, unrelated to riots, which inspired mine.)
Remember how we were supposed to be terrified of three dozen right-wing extremists with no funding and no foothold in media, entertainment, or academia? And the left were just “anti-fascist” activists innocently pursuing justice?
Seems pretty dumb today, doesn’t it?
(It seemed pretty dumb

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Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About the Lockdown

May 16, 2020

If you prefer to resume living a normal life, or not see everything you’ve spent decades building destroyed in a matter of months, or your children not to waste away in a world of computer screens and “virtual playdates,” you must want to kill people’s grandmothers. That’s what millions of your fellow Americans think.
Think that’s an exaggeration?
Take a glance at social media. Fact-free hysteria, and accusations of murder, are everywhere.
I myself was initially very concerned about COVID-19, and my Twitter feed bears this out. I am still concerned, and I think vulnerable people should take sensible steps to protect themselves. But when I observed how people I now call the Doomers conducted themselves, I began to wonder: if this

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