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Some Covid Links

Jacob Sullum says the following about Anthony Fauci: “The president’s COVID-19 adviser embodies the arrogance of technocrats who are sure they know what’s best for us.” Another slice: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki concurred: “Public health decisions shouldn’t be made by the courts. They should be made by public health experts.” But Mizelle did not make a public health decision; she made a legal decision, based on her understanding of the relevant statute. Contrary to Psaki’s...

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“Explain” Isn’t a Synonym for “Endorse”

I’m getting a surprising amount of push-back on my blog post that prompted Mr. S__ to e-mail me. Mr. S__: You charge me with being “irresponsible [and] even treacherous” for posting the video in which Konstantin Kisin offers explanations for why many people are skeptical of the Covid vaccines. I plead not guilty. Explanation is not endorsement. For example, in my teaching and writing I often explain how governments’ ability to borrow money combines with perverse political incentives to...

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Covid Fear Exhibition (By Those Greedy for Status)

This essay by Freddie deBoer on Progressive elites’ reaction to Covid is very insightful. (HT Arnold Kling) Here are several slices (but do read the whole thing): Covid is a serious disease that has killed a lot of people, but it does not kill different people at the same rates. Obviously, one of the greatest risk factors is being unvaccinated. But you’d still rather be a child and unvaccinated than be a 50-year-old and vaccinated if you’re trying to avoid Covid. Nor do different adult...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from pages 581-582 of Frank Knight’s August 1923 Quarterly Journal of Economics paper, “The Ethics of Competition” (emphasis added): It is an idea sponsored especially by Dr. Thorstein Veblen and copied by others, that there is some distinction between “pecuniary ” and “industrial” employments and that society ought to take the control of industry out of the hands of ” financiers” and put it into the hands of “technicians.” This notion rests on the same obvious fallacy, the idea...

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Some Covid Links

Simon Evans rightly praises the courage and eloquence of Jonathan Sumption, who steadfastly defended freedom in face of Covid hysteria. A slice: [Sumption] was an extraordinarily important figure to those who were alarmed by the speed with which the Maginot Line of traditional Britannic liberty collapsed in spring of 2020, yet were equally aware that the resistance seemed to be comprised chiefly of a motley, often dispiriting assembly of professional provocateurs, recidivist attention...

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Some Covid Links

Phil Magness’s and James Harrigan’s letter, in the BMJ, is meant to set the record straight about the great Great Barrington Declaration: Dear Editor, In their essay “Covid-19 and the new merchants of doubt” (BMJ Opinion, 9/13/21, https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/09/13/covid-19-and-the-new-merchants-of-d…), Gavin Yamey and David Gorski present themselves as defenders of sound scientific principles in the face of “denialism” related to the Covid-19 pandemic. These authors specifically...

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Some Non-Covid Links

Russ Roberts’s latest episode of EconTalk is a splendid conversation with David Henderson about the UCLA school of economics. Joakim Book is always worth reading. Also always worth reading is Eric Boehm. And don’t miss this important piece by David Boaz. A slice: Now, to be sure, it’s a problem for our political economy when people are completely unaware of what a marvel the market system is and how easily government intervention can reduce the abundance it produces. So it’s a good thing...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 134 of the late Deepak Lal’s 2013 book, Poverty and Progress; this passage appears in that part of Lal’s book in which he exposes some of the many flaws in the case for industrial policy (references omitted; link added): This so-called coordination of investment plans is of course nothing but the planning syndrome – the search for a centrally determined investment plan which takes into account not merely current but all future changes in the demand and supply of a myriad...

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A Low-Information Citizen

On a drive back today to Fairfax from DC I was behind a guy driving a convertible with the top down. He was alone and wearing a mask. Upon passing him it appeared to me that he was double-masked, but I can’t say for sure. But he sure was wearing at least one mask as he zipped westward along Arlington Blvd. in northern Virginia. Intelligent and well-informed fella.  Who says that Covid Derangement Syndrome isn’t real?

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