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Simon Lester corrects the record regarding the W.T.O. and beef labeling. David Henderson spoke recently with Laura Ingraham about his WSJ op-ed on covid and the future of schooling in America. (The quotation from Joe Biden is appalling.) Ron Bailey reviews Michael Shellenberger’s Apocalypse Never. A slice: Shellenberger isn’t denying the reality of man-made climate change. He’s arguing that humanity is already adapting to the ways climate change has been making weather patterns evolve,...

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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from Joseph Epstein’s May 2015 essay “The Unassailable Virtue of Victims“: The contemporary victim tends to be angry, suspicious, above all progress-denying. He or she is ever on the lookout for that touch of racism, sexism, homophobia, or insensitivity that might show up in a stray opinion, an odd locution, an uninformed misnomer. People who count themselves victims require enemies. Forces high and low block their progress: The economy disfavors them; society is organized against...

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Today is the 108th anniversary of the birth of Milton Friedman. Mark Perry celebrates. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Richard Epstein applauds the Trump administration’s revision of federal regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1970. A slice: Environmentalist critics work on the flawed assumption that the longer the review period, the greater the environmental protection. But that’s untrue for the large majority of important projects. As I detail in a report for...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy reminds us to look at the unseen consequences of unemployment-“insurance” payments. A slice: What’s more, even if one supports expanding UI during rough times, we must remember that whether the money is borrowed or taxed, this redistribution of income comes out of the real economy at the expense of other investments that are likely more valuable. This important reality looms especially large as the economy reopens, and businesses...

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Jonah Goldberg is correct: among the main players in today’s ‘protest’ scene are no heroes. Jeffrey Tucker rightly decries what he calls “the bloodless political class.” Christian Britschgi exposes the loathsome reality of mask mandates. A slice: One could make a libertarian case for government mask mandates during a pandemic, on the grounds that no one has an inherent right to cough deadly pathogens on another person. But that theoretical case has to be weighed against the reality of...

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Fiona Harrigan and Peter Earle correct Anthony Fauci: Gov. Cuomo did not do it “correctly.” A slice: Needless to say, there will be no recognition of the role that awful models played in the formulation of practices that extinguished so many innocent lives. Real-time evaluation of prediction models would allow policymakers and medical experts to arrive at better prvention methods if their established plan of attack was proven inaccurate––or at the very least, they could tailor the...

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Vincent Geloso nicely explains the Peltzman effect. A slice: None of the parties involved provide answers about whether the regulation will reduce propagation. More importantly, the arguments being invoked by all sides reveal a depressing pretence of knowledge on the part of everyone involved. Notice that, in the statement above, I do not say that masks are ineffective at reducing propagation. The evidence suggests that they are. Rather, I am suggesting that compelling the use of masks...

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Bryan Riley addresses some of the fallacies in Arthur Herman’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed on repatriating “supply chains.” A slice: According to Mr. Herman, 97 percent of antibiotics used in America are sourced from China. It’s not clear where that statistic comes from. According to data from the U.S. International Trade Commission, about 2.4 percent of U.S. antibiotic imports came from China in 2019. Perhaps he is referring to “Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients” (APIs) imported...

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Here’s Bari Weiss’s letter of resignation from the New York Times. A slice: What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets. Mike Munger reviews Amity Shlaes’s The Great Society: A New History. A slice: Interestingly, and I think...

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Kevin Williamson is rightly and eloquently critical of Joe Biden’s Trumpian economic nationalism. A slice: In a sane world, the infrastructure to-do list would precede the dollar figure: If the federal government needs to do x, y, and z (and there is much that does need doing), then the federal government should bid out those projects and ask Congress for funding. We do things the opposite way: Biden is following the longstanding Washington convention of putting a few hundred billion...

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