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Some Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins writes about the fourth wave. Two slices: The good news is that herd immunity is starting to take hold. This does not mean no Covid. It means less Covid. Less Covid overall means less chance of the next trillion-to-one dangerous mutation. Google the words “herd immunity” and “influenza” and running off the page will be evidence that herd immunity has never been taken to mean a disease stops existing. Flu still kills children by the dozens or...

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Some Non-Covid Links

Juliette Sellgren’s just-released podcast with Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley is superb. George Will writes brilliantly about taxation, cronyism, and the duplicity of the political class. A slice: Now comes the pesky question of how to pay for the progressive agenda. Or, more precisely, how to pay the huge price of the minority portion of the agenda’s cost that will be financed by taxes rather than money creation or borrowing. Borrowing means future generations pay, but as has...

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Some Covid Links

Covid-19 tyranny is real. A slice: It looks like something out of a tinpot tyranny. The church service was being livestreamed online. Halfway through, two cops appear and arrogantly walk to the sanctuary itself, the area around the altar. They then take over the lectern from the priest and issue a dire warning to the people who had gathered to commemorate the darkest day in the Christian faith – the trial and execution of Christ. ‘You need to go home’, an officer says. ‘Failure to comply...

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Some Covid Links

Here’s the opening paragraph of a new essay by David Stockman: We will not mince words. America is indeed suffering from a dangerous plague—a plague of misanthropic fearmongering from the likes of Dr. Fauci, the Scarf Lady and the Biden’s new CDC director, among countless others of the self-designated Virus Patrol. And here’s another slice: You can’t make up this kind of calculated mendacity, including, presumably, the off-script scripted tears. That’s especially because it’s now an...

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Some Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist James Freeman pushes back against the unending peddling of Covid hysteria. A slice: Maybe it’s too much to hope that government health experts have learned something in the past year about the massive unintended consequences of lockdowns and the paucity of evidence demonstrating their effectiveness. But Monday’s White House teleconference with the Biden Covid team could almost have been mistaken for a March 2020 event—complete with government doctors stoking...

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On Adam Smith

Eamonn Butler hosts this excellent discussion of some of the work of Adam Smith. The participants are Professors Jimena Hurtado, Craig Smith, and my GMU Econ colleague Dan Klein. Enjoy! Comments

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Some Covid Links

Richard Ebeling argues that “wars and ‘following the science’ are sure paths to tyranny.” A slice: For more than a year, now, we have been in the grip of a massive “new wave” of a dangerous and deadly ideological virus that has the names political paternalism and social engineering. It is often pointed out that the current coronavirus crisis is the first of this magnitude and global dimension since the infamous Spanish Flu from 1918 to 1920, during which estimates say that tens of...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 177 of my late, great colleague Walter Williams’s 2015 book, American Contempt for Liberty, which is a collection of many of Walter’s columns and essays; this quotation specifically is from Walter’s August 21st, 2013, syndicated column, “Progressives and Blacks”: Progressives’ agenda calls for not only excuse-making but also dependency…. This is all a part of the progressive agenda to hook Americans, particularly black Americans, on government handouts. In future...

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Some Non-Covid Links

My colleague Bryan Caplan is multi-talented: He’s now got a clothing line. On the horizon, Gerald Dwyer sees inflation. Here’s his conclusion: The increases in money held by the public are a new experiment to test a widely verified proposition: substantial increases in the quantity of money held by the public are associated with substantial inflation. Inflation is quite likely to be higher in coming years than it has been in the recent past. Whether the increase is muted – an increase of...

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