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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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What Is The World Coming To?

This letter is to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune: Editor: Do you not hear yourself? Are you deaf to the horrifying authoritarianism blaring from your call for Utah’s governor “to deploy the National Guard to ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere” (“Utah leaders have surrendered to COVID pandemic,” Jan. 15)? Would you propose that the National Guard be deployed to subject to house arrest homosexuals or trans people or communists or the...

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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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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 109 of the late, great Harold Demsetz’s richly rewarding 2008 book, From Economic Man to Economic System: [E]fficiency itself requires foregoing fine-tuning of the sort that would be appropriate (efficient) in a world in which transaction costs were zero. This point, made some time ago, has not penetrated discussions of externalities. DBx: Yep. Perfection in a world of scarcity is affordable only by gods – meaning, in other words, that achieving perfection in a world of...

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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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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 170 of the late, great UCLA economists Armen A. Alchian’s and William R. Allen’s Universal Economics (2018; Jerry L. Jordan, ed.); this volume is an updated version of Alchian’s and Allen’s magnificent and pioneering earlier textbook, University Economics: In any case, scarcity implies competition to resolve who gets how much of which goods. If monetary competition is suppressed, other forms of competition must occur. DBx: Remember this inescapable reality when you next...

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Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from Brendan O’Neill’s January 12th, 2022, Spiked essay, “After Covid“: And what about the culture of freedom? Forget, for a moment, the way our legally guaranteed liberties were put on ice during this crisis. That was bad, no question. But a more injurious if sometimes intangible process was taking place alongside this temporary unwinding of our rights. The culture of freedom was undermined. The individual self-confidence and social trust that freedom depends upon, which freedom...

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Some Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger reports that people no longer believe Fauci and other Covidocrats. (DBx: I hope that Mr. Henninger is correct, for this lack of credibility that he reports is as amply deserved as it was amply earned.) Two slices: From Covid’s start in 2020, public and scientific authorities across the world said: “Trust us. We know what we are doing.” We now see that this unshakable, public-facing certitude was false. Today, it’s fair to say that no one but...

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Some Covid Links

Dan McLaughlin is dismayed by Associate Justices Stephen Breyer’s and Sonia Sotomayor’s attitude toward unvaccinated workers. A slice: The raw transcript fails to capture the scorn dripping from Breyer’s voice when he said “unvaccinated others.” It is certainly a turn of sorts for the Court’s liberals to argue that it’s acceptable for workplace laws to drive out employees because other people might quit rather than work with them. Just imagine the response if this had been said by a...

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Some Covid Links

George Leef, writing at National Review, reports on the efforts by some of us at George Mason University to resist our university’s newly announced booster mandate for faculty, staff, and students. A slice: What I would really hope for is that the GMU leadership would have to come out and defend this decision. Washington should debate the merits and demerits of his order with any of the knowledgeable people at GMU who oppose it. I mean a real debate, not a circus like our presidential...

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