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Let’s Separate School and State

Virginia’s new governor, Glenn Youngkin (R), recently issued an executive order that prohibits K-12 government schools in Virginia from requiring that students wear masks. Masks are optional; the decision is up to the student or his or her parents (or both). But, lo!, at least three school districts, so far, in Virginia have decided to ignore the governor’s executive order and continue to require that the face of each and every child who attends their so-called “schools” be confined...

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Some Covid Links

University of Oxford epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta, writing in the Telegraph, explains that it’s time to end Covid self-isolation. A slice: In order to move fully into “living with the virus”, it is essential to recognise that trying to limit its spread is not only extremely difficult but also undesirable if we are aiming for the sort of relationship we have established with other endemic coronaviruses. Acknowledging that any attempt to limit the spread of infection is actually retrograde...

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Some Covid Links

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, University of Chicago economist Tomas Philipson reports about Covid-19 that “[t]he costs of prevention efforts have outweighed those from the direct effects of the virus itself.” Two slices: As President Biden’s first year of handling the pandemic comes to a close, many of his most ardent critics are pointing to the ugly numbers: More Americans have died from Covid-19 under the current president than under the previous one, despite the prevalence...

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Some Non-Covid Links

Now available here (by scrolling down) is Ramon DeGennaro’s Liberty Matters essay on my late, great colleague Walter Williams. Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley explains Progressives’ need to ignore racial progress. A slice: With the White House struggling to advance its economic agenda, the president’s job-approval rating stuck in the mud, and midterm elections looming, it’s no great shock that Mr. Biden is resorting to racial demagoguery. The Democratic Party has long depended...

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Some Covid Links

New Civil Liberties Alliance attorney Jenin Younes explains that Covid mandates are not about health; they’re about political control. A slice: But over the past month or so, it has become inescapable that sheer incompetence and ignorance can no longer be the sole explanation for two years of bungled policies. Rather, the craven mindset of many of our leaders in both parties (albeit primarily Democrats) is manifest. They are using our bodies to score cheap political points, impervious to...

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Some Covid Links

“UChicago Must End Its Booster Mandate—We Are Not Lab Rats” – so argue some University of Chicago students. (HT Jim Bennett) A slice: Mandates for the COVID vaccine and booster are unnecessary to protect the health of the UChicago community. COVID has a survival rate of over 99.87% for individuals under the age of 65. According to the CDC, only 5% of “COVID deaths” are solely attributable to COVID as the cause. The other 95% of “COVID deaths” involve, on average, almost 4 additional...

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Some Non-Covid Links

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 Covid Links

Jim Geraghty dares Democrats to push legislation that explicitly empowers OHSA to impose Biden’s abominable vaccine mandates. A slice: Go for it, Democrats. Go try to pass a law requiring all Americans to either get vaccinated (and boosted!), or lose their jobs. This is a 50-50 issue at best. (Interestingly, more than half of federal workers in one survey said they opposed the Biden administration’s vaccine requirement for federal workers.) A decent percentage of people who are...

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Some Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist Joseph Sternberg argues that the path out of Covid authoritarianism might be paved by Covidocrats’ relentless hypocrisy and mendacity. A slice: The challenge of learning to live with Covid was always going to be that many ordinary people don’t want to feel the sacrifices they made—and supported at the time—were in vain. Arguing that lockdowns or school closures or masking were less effective than advertised may be correct, but to act on that recognition...

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Some Covid Links

Wall Street Journal editorial features editor James Taranto writes about gloriously sane Florida and its Surgeon General, Joseph Ladapo. Three slices: Joseph Ladapo reached the same conclusion almost two years earlier. “Please don’t believe politicians who say we can control this with a few weeks of shutdown,” Dr. Ladapo, then a professor at UCLA’s medical school and a clinician on Covid’s frontline, wrote in USA Today on March 24, 2020. “To contain a virus with shutdowns, you must...

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