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Some Covid Links

I fear that Frank Furedi is correct: “The culture of fear has made a lifetime of quarantine look attractive.” A slice: The precautionary principle may have emerged from within environmentalism, but it now pervades all areas of life. It encourages us to feel fearful and insecure before the future. And it has led to safetyism – that is, the establishment of safety as the foundational value of Anglo-American culture. We can see the deleterious impact of safetyism and worst-case thinking in...

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Some Covid Links

Four cheers for these parents in Vail, Arizona, who successfully revolted against Covid Derangement Syndrome! (HT Yevdokiya Zagumenova) Allison Pearson calls for an end to masking, once and for all. A slice: People will get back to normal at very different speeds. I get that. The outrageous campaign of terror to which the British people have been subjected (far worse than in any other country) will have long-term casualties. But we have to call time on the fear on June 21 because it...

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Some Covid Links

Here’s the opening of Daniel Halperin’s and Monica Gandhi’s new piece in the Wall Street Journal: You don’t need to wear a mask outdoors. That applies whether you’re vaccinated against Covid-19 or not, regardless of your age, and despite the other qualifications in the Centers for Disease Control’s latest guidance, released Tuesday. In this 20-minute interview, Prof. Carl Heneghan decries the evidence-free adoption of certain measures meant to suppress the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Daniel...

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Some Covid Links

Sohrab Ahmari eloquently decries the Covid-derangement-induced destruction of New York City. A slice: When I got home, I told my wife that I wished to launch a civil-disobedience movement against the lockdowns. She blessedly talked me down, and I slept off the strong drink and inspired resolution. Still, I’m angry, as an American and a New Yorker, and have been angry since this all began. I can’t avoid holding in contempt the virtue-signaling double-masking types on the Upper East Side...

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Some Covid Links

Jay Bhattacharya is interviewed by Jimmy Licon. Two slices from Bhattacharya’s responses: There are so many mistakes that public health officials and policy makers have made in dealing with the Covid pandemic. There are many candidates to choose among for the single worst — e.g., using deception and panic as deliberate tools in public health communication, moralizing and stigmatizing an infectious disease so that people feel ashamed to contract it, and the censoring and smearing...

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The Age Profile of Covid’s Victims Is Indeed Relevant

In my latest column for AIER I argue that it is bad public policy to ignore the fact that Covid disproportionately kills the elderly. A slice: Importantly, to share this assessment is not to believe that some lives are more sacred and deserving of respect than other lives. It’s simply to recognize that all lives are finite, and that the older is someone, the closer is he or she to death. Therefore, in our world of scarce resources – in our world in which achieving more X means having...

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Some Covid Links

Matt Ridley, writing in the Spectator, warns that Britain is in danger today of repeating the costly mistakes that it committed in the immediate aftermath of WWII. A slice: We are doing the same again now, as one of the most socially restricted major countries in Europe but the one with the lowest death rate. We risk allowing officials to cling on to their beloved levers of control too long, and to squander the advantage won by our vaccine taskforce. If a new variant of the virus...

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Some Covid Links

Matt Ridley explains that “We no longer need to fear Covid.” A slice: Yet the Government’s caution remains popular. Why is this? Because of the pessimism of officialdom – it is a circular argument. People readily believe in hobgoblins, and they rightly took fright at this horrible virus last year, so when Professors Whitty and Vallance tell them it’s still scary out there without a mask on, of course they believe it and resent their neighbours who do not comply. Yet to take that one...

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Some Covid Links

Jay Bhattacharya and Martin Kulldorff, writing in the Telegraph, argue that “Lockdown proponents can’t escape the blame for the biggest public health fiasco in history.” A slice: A year ago, there was no evidence that lockdowns would protect older high-risk people from Covid-19. Now there is evidence. They did not. With so many Covid-19 deaths, it is obvious that lockdown strategies failed to protect the old. Holding the naïve belief that shutting down society would protect everyone,...

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Am I a Cold-hearted Utilitarian?

Here’s a letter to a long-time reader of Café Hayek: B___: You’re correct that I believe that a pathogen, such as SARS-CoV-2, that kills mostly old people poses a less-serious threat to humanity than does one that kills an equal number of young people, or one that kills an equal number of people indiscriminately. You’re correct also that I believe that a pathogen that kills mostly old people should be treated with less urgency than is appropriate for one equally lethal but that does not...

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