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Reason’s Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie discuss lockdowns and leviathan. I fear, alas, that Nick Gillespie is correct about the downside he identifies of the prospect of a Covid-19 vaccine. Ilya Shapiro writes on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent upholding of the Constitution even in the face of a pandemic…. ….while Jacob Sullum is rightly critical of Paul Krugman’s unwarranted take on this Court ruling. Russ Roberts (Econ)talks with economist Emily...

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Gilbert Berdine explores the process of classifying Covid-19 deaths (with special emphasis on the United States). A slice: Figure 1 illustrates the death count from Covid-19. These data are based on death certificates. If the death certificate includes Covid-19, then the death is included whether or not Covid-19 was the primary or even contributing cause of death. The problems with these data are uncertainties about how many deaths are merely associated with Covid-19 rather than caused...

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The Wall Street Journal‘s Editorial Board rightly applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s temporary injunction against some Covid-19-inspired restrictions imposed by Andrew Cuomo. A slice: While the 5-4 order is welcome, it is disappointing that the ruling wasn’t 9-0. New York’s restrictions on religious worship are so overbroad, and so arbitrary, that their violation of the Free Exercise Clause should be an easy call. Americans have tolerated extraordinary restraints on their freedom in the...

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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from Brandon Reiter, who is heroically resisting efforts by government officials in Minnesota to arbitrarily shutter his gym, in the name of combatting Covid-19, until December 19th: It is my choice to remain open. I don’t force anyone to come into my gym. They’re doing it for their health, or well-being, or their mental health. There are going to be thousands of people going to the big box stores over the holidays, but I can’t have 10-15 people in here? If I’m going to go bankrupt,...

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On this Thanksgiving Day I’m thankful to awaken to news that the United States Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 4, has at least temporarily prohibited New York State from imposing, in the name of combatting Covid-19, certain restrictions on religious services. “Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News?” Bruce Sacerdote, Ranjan Sehgal & Molly Cook document the enormous negative bias, in the U.S., of Covid coverage. (I applaud my colleague Tyler Cowen for sharing a link to this paper on his...

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Let’s hope that John Tamny is correct in predicting that the utter derangement that is Covid Derangement Syndrome is sowing antibodies that will eventually eradicate it. A slice: Traveling back to New York, Newsom’s authoritarian twin in Albany has decreed limits on private gatherings that effectively ban large parties. Translated for those who need it, Andrew Cuomo has joined Newsom with a ban on what makes Thanksgiving great. The problem for Cuomo is that his subjects have stopped...

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Amelia Janaskie shares a report the authors of which inveigh against lockdowns. A slice: Although the authors suggest the idea of “Flatten the Curve” might have been a suitable strategy at first for the purpose of not overwhelming hospitals, they find that there are significant unintended consequences of lockdowns, especially regarding public health. The majority of Covid-19 deaths occur in people close to life expectancy, while lockdown-induced deaths occur in young people far from life...

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Yevdokiya Zagumenova understands that everyone should stay home, except…. US News & World Report reports on one of the many maladies caused by Covid Derangement Syndrome. (HT my intrepid Mercatus Center colleague, Veronique de Rugy) My Mercatus Center colleague Bobbi Herzberg moderated the discussion between Jeffrey Singer and Kristian Niemietz on Covid-19 and the policy responses to it. David Henderson gives two thumbs down to the movie The Social Dilemma. Here’s his conclusion:...

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Associate Justice Samuel Alito

Those of us who are distressed, dismayed, and deeply depressed by the tyranny again being sledgehammered down upon us because of Covid Derangement Syndrome can, perhaps, find some comfort in the remarks that U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito delivered yesterday (on November 12th) to the Federalist Society. His remarks begin just after the 15 minute, 30 second mark. Comments

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Arnold Kling reviews Joseph Henrich’s The WEIRDest People In the World. A slice: At the center of the book are the traits that Henrich describes using the acronym WEIRD: Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic, referring to the cultures of certain societies. Over a decade ago, Henrich and colleagues came to the realization that many findings in psychology and behavioral economics that were based on studies of people living in WEIRD cultures did not replicate when...

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