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George Will recognizes that members of today’s “woke” crowd display many of the same characteristics that they criticize in Donald Trump. A slice: Postmodernists say, with Nietzsche, that there are no facts, only interpretations — alternative “narratives” about reality. As Andrew Sullivan writes at Substack, to be “woke” is to be awake to this: All claims of disinterestedness, objectivity and universality are bogus. So, reasoning is specious, and attempts at persuasion are pointless....

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Amelia Janaskie and Micha Gartz survey what was said prior to 2020 about using lockdowns in response to a lethal and contagious pathogen. George Will exposes the appalling lust for power and laughable-if-it-weren’t-so-lethal economic ignorance of Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO). A slice: If Hawley, Rubio and Graham squint, they can see a silver lining on the dark cloud of Democratic control of the Senate: Majority Leader Schumer will soon give them an opportunity to vote for...

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Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady laments the arrival in the United States of the politics of Latin America. A slice: Participatory democracy as defined by extreme groups has been put into action in the U.S. before. The leftist upheaval in the streets of Seattle against the World Trade Organization ministerial conference in 1999 is one memorable example. It is no coincidence that elements of Mr. Trump’s base oppose free trade and globalization. J.D. Tuccille wisely...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from pages 83-84 of my late, great colleague Walter Williams’s 2010 autobiography, Up From the Projects: As a professor, I have never used my class for proselytizing students, as so many professors do. I do think that’s academic dishonesty. Personally, I want students to share my conviction that personal liberty, along with free markets, is morally superior to other forms of human organization. The most effective means of getting them to share it is to give them the tools to be...

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Some Covid Links

Jim Bovard reviews some of the American myths that were, in 2020, exposed as such. A slice: The benevolence and compassion of public school teachers was another myth that 2020 obliterated. Teacher unions helped barricade school doors the same way that segregationist governors in the 1950s and 1960s refused to obey federal court orders to admit black students. The Chicago Teachers Union proclaimed: “The push to reopen schools is based in sexism, racism, and misogyny.” Black and Hispanic...

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Richard Salsman explains the wisdom of learning from the science – learning from all science – and of avoiding quack science. A slice: Today’s most vocal admonishers condone political-bureaucratic micromanaging and controls; they seem to love shaming innocent people into obeying draconian, life-stifling edicts. If millions must sacrifice and suffer, so what? Most religions (secular and otherwise) say that this signifies “virtue.” Covid-19 bullies use science language to shield themselves...

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Devon Williams writes a beautiful eulogy for her father, the great Walter Williams. A slice: As a father, he was also a teacher. My dad taught me that hard work eclipses talent or natural gifts every day of the week and twice on Sunday. He taught me how to drive like a Philadelphia cabbie and how to parallel park in a space equal to the length of my vehicle. He taught me that the best time to look for a job is when you already have one and that opportunities are often masked as...

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Who Said It?

Education is not a pure public good. The marginal cost of educating an additional child is far from zero; indeed, the marginal and average costs are (at least for large school districts) approximately the same. And there is no difficulty in charging an individual for use of this service.Those who seek to justify public education in terms of market failure focus on the importance of externalities; it is often claimed, for instance, that there are important...

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Jay Bhattacharya and Sunetra Gupta – two of the three authors of the Great Barrington Declaration – make a plea in today’s Wall Street Journal for an end to the Covid-19 lockdowns. A slice: Covid-19 is thus especially deadly for the old and others with chronic conditions. But the lockdowns are deadly as well. The harms include plummeting childhood vaccination, worse cardiovascular disease outcomes, and less cancer screening, to name a few. It’s impossible to quantify the total deaths...

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy decries the damage to education done by the reaction to Covid-19. A slice: When schools closed in March, there were many unknowns. But the latest research supports the fact that this instructional dysfunction is unnecessary. Experts now know that locking children at home doesn’t keep people safe from COVID-19’s infectiousness or mortality, and sending them to school doesn’t carry much risk either. Studies that looked at the...

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