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Pierre Lemieux ably defends his claim that wokism and fascism “are not so different anyway.” Samuel Gregg looks back 80 years ago to the publication of Wilhelm Röpke’s Die Gesellschaftskrisis der Gegenwart (The Social Crisis of Our Time). A slice: That rationalism went hand-in-hand with another 19th-century phenomenon: that being the steady concentration of state power. Monarchical absolutism may have been on its way out, but Röpke believed that power had in other respects become more...

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Some Non-Covid Links

Arnold Kling wisely reviews Jonathan Rauch’s new book, The Constitution of Knowledge. A slice: If Rauch has a blind spot, it is that he overlooks the deterioration that has taken place within twentieth-century institutions. He is unable or unwilling to recognize institutional decay. As one trivial example, Rauch quotes Lisa Page in one place and Peter Strzok elsewhere to buttress minor points. Rauch refers to each only as “a former FBI agent.” In fact, they were infamously lovers who...

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Reason‘s Ron Bailey reports that “weather and climate disasters are declining globally.” Simon Cottee is rightly critical of Progressives’ exaggerations of the events of January 6th, 2021. Two slices: It is hard to exaggerate the feverish excitement with which many progressives responded to the Capitol riot. While the spectacle of hundreds of Trump supporters smashing their way into one of the sacrosanct sites of American democracy generated widespread condemnation, for many progressives...

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Mike Munger and Terry Anderson remember the late Rick Stroup. A slice: “Rick” Stroup was one of the founders of the environmental economics movement; he was a conservationist of the first rank. “Conserving” resources requires accounting for the opportunity costs of using those resources. But in the 1970s the focus of “environmentalism” was command and control; it fell to economists such as Richard L. Stroup, John A. Baden, Terry L. Anderson, and others to point out that prices embody and...

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A Christmas Carol

Today – December 19th – is the one-hundred and seventy-eighth anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. I cannot recommend highly enough that part of your celebration of the Christmas season include watching the 2017 movie “The Man Who Invented Christmas.”

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Nicolás Cachanosky explains why today’s inflation is not chiefly caused by supply-chain web woes. Also writing about inflation is my intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy. The Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal is unimpressed with the Fed’s current handling of inflation. Here’s the conclusion: Mr. Powell’s strategy seems to be to steer through his confirmation by talking tougher on inflation while doing little about it anytime soon. The Senators can decide if they...

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Some Non-Covid Links

Mike Munger writes with good sense, in the Wall Street Journal, about inflation and Biden’s Build Back Better beast. Whatever you think of Congress’s bipartisan infrastructure initiative, its timing is unfortunate. It will be sharply expansionary on the fiscal front, with new demands on labor markets straining to find workers. All that cash from Fed monetary expansion is out there ready to be spent. Mr. Biden’s Build Back Better plan would make these problems worse by injecting trillions...

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Some Covid Links

John Tierney reviews Scott Atlas’s A Plague Upon Our House – calling Fauci, Birx, and Redfield “Covid’s three blind mice.” Four slices: How could public officials vowing to “follow the science” on Covid-19 persist in promoting ineffective strategies with terrible consequences? In a memoir of his time on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Scott W. Atlas provides an answer: because the nation’s governance was hijacked by three bureaucrats with scant interest in scientific research or...

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Some Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins continues to write wisely about Covid-19. A slice: All of us, including the vaccinated and previously infected, will also have to realize we’re playing a role in circulation even if the unvaccinated dominate hospital admissions. A rational vaccine strategy, it will be more obvious than ever, would prioritize the vulnerable rather than the Biden approach of prioritizing anyone who works in a company of 100 employees regardless of infection...

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Stephen Ford, writing in the Wall Street Journal, explains why his church grew during the pandemic. Here’s Noah Carl on Britain’s left-wing newspaper The Guardian and on America’s left-wing newspaper The New York Times. A slice: Now let’s look at the Gray Lady, America’s newspaper of record. On 22nd January 2020, the Times ran an article titled ‘Scale of China’s Wuhan Shutdown Is Believed to Be Without Precedent’. “China,” the author wrote, “is engaging in a balancing act with a long and...

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