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The Nature of Intervention in the Liberal Order

Many critics may wonder how advocates of classical liberalism would have us respond in a crisis; it was the first question alluded to in a recent interview from Amy Willis with David Henderson. Friedrich Hayek observed “the range and variety of government action that is, at least in principle, reconcilable with a free system” is “considerable”. Cato’s Constitutional law fellow  William Yeatman provides near real-time examples amidst the COVID-19 pandemic (numerous...

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Is there a better alternative to lockdowns?

In the effort to contain Coronavirus, Italy has chosen a policy of lockdown (here’s an interesting report by Flavio Felice for the City Journal). Some people have commented that the Italian strain is considerably milder than the Chinese one. Comparisons are seen as fit, because Italy is roughly the same size, population way, of Hubei, the Chinese region where Covid19 started its journey. Advocates of the Chinese strategy sometimes forget that, with all its faults,...

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The Future, as Things Are Going

The way things are going, it may not be that difficult to predict the future, even admitting that it certainly hides new surprises. In 650 words, here are some predictions informed by economics (and birds’ entrails), whether the epidemic itself is being exaggerated or not. The shortages—real shortages, not “smurfages”—created by government price controls (the state governments’ “price gouging” laws and whatever may come from the federal government) illustrate many...

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What’s your libertarianism worth now?

On his Facebook page, Robert Higgs writes: Virology is a branch of biological science. Epidemiology is a branch of medicine and demography. Libertarianism (including its subset, individualist anarchy) is an ideology. Do not let your commitment to libertarianism convince you that you do not need to know anything about virology and epidemiology in order to make intelligent appraisals of a viral-disease epidemic. And do not assume that virology and epidemiology are...

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David Henderson: Libertarians, Markets, and Pandemics

Today was a good day. I got to “see” my friend David Henderson. Like many of you, my social circle has become more virtual than actual. As I posted earlier this week, David was kind enough to allow me to pose some really great questions from all of you with regard to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. Here’s the result. We hope you enjoy. P.S. Here’s the link to Richard Epstein’s Reason interview, which David mentions during our conversation....

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The case for coercion is weaker than it looks

There is a case for government coercion in certain situations, including an epidemic. And it is possible that coercion might be beneficial right now. But here I’d like to point out that the case for coercion is weaker than it looks, and that the amount of coercion we actually adopt is likely to be more than the socially optimal amount. The case for coercion right now is obvious. And epidemic spreads by people infecting other nearby people. That infection imposes an...

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The Incredible Amazon Machine

People, asked from where it cameWould very seldom knowThey would simply click and ask“Was it not always so?” –David R. Henderson, “The Incredible Amazon Machine.” If you’ve read The Incredible Bread Machine, you’ll recognize where I got the idea for the poem above. My poem was motivated by a Facebook post by my friend Ross Levatter. He has given me permission to quote his post. First: May I take a moment to give praise to Jeff Bezos? Think if this pandemic had...

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Covid-19 and Conservative Liberalism

I proffer conservative liberalism at OLL’s Liberty Matters. I highlight Adam Smith, David Hume, and Edmund Burke, while engaged by Michael Huemer, Knud Haakonssen, and Brianne Wolf. I paint Smith, Hume, and Burke as policy liberals and polity conservatives. Here I write as though you have been acquainted with conservative liberalism. How does Covid-19 illustrate things about conservative liberalism? There are no absolute libertarians in foxholes. In the Covid-19...

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The Unsung Heroism of the Private Sector #1346

If you’re out of work and need a job during the COVID-19 outbreak, Safeway is immediately hiring more than 2,000 workers as shoppers strip aisles to stock up for staying home. Most of the openings are available at more than 165 Bay Area locations, the company said. Stores include Safeway, Andronico’s, Vons and Pak ’N Save. Positions include deli, meat, bakery, produce, fuel stations and customer service departments, cashier or clerk. In-store employees receive paid...

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Dishonesty is a core nationalist value, perhaps the core nationalist value

Ross Douthat recently suggested that President Trump had failed to adequately address the coronavirus crisis, and that this failure was difficult to explain given Trump’s emphasis on protecting our borders from foreign threats. I see his point, but I also believe that Douthat has somewhat misunderstood Trump’s core values.  In order to fully explain why I’ll need to make a rather long digression discussing the difference between patriotism and nationalism. This...

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