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Some Covid Links

Phil Magness’s and James Harrigan’s letter, in the BMJ, is meant to set the record straight about the great Great Barrington Declaration: Dear Editor, In their essay “Covid-19 and the new merchants of doubt” (BMJ Opinion, 9/13/21, https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/09/13/covid-19-and-the-new-merchants-of-d…), Gavin Yamey and David Gorski present themselves as defenders of sound scientific principles in the face of “denialism” related to the Covid-19 pandemic. These authors specifically...

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Some Covid Links

Jacob Sullum wonders when encouraging trends in Covid test results will be reflected in CDC advice. A slice: So far these positive trends have had no discernible impact on federal COVID-19 advice or on the policies of jurisdictions inclined to follow it. Vaccination is authorized for all Americans 12 or older and will soon be extended to younger children. Minors face a tiny risk of dying from COVID-19 in any case. Yet the CDC still says everyone, from toddlers to vaccinated adults,...

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Some Covid Links

GMU Econ grad student Dominic Pino, writing for National Review, rightly criticizes the irrationality of the Covid restrictions still in place on college campuses. A slice: This state of affairs has persisted for months now, and administrators haven’t seemed to connect the dots. Students are living their off-campus lives largely unmasked, and they aren’t, for the most part, getting COVID. (To repeat: They’re vaccinated, and the vaccines work.) There’s nothing special about classrooms...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 37 of the 2021 35th anniversary edition – being released today – of Steven Rhoads’s excellent 1985 book, The Economist’s View of the World: And the Quest for Well-Being: We can know how high to set any one objective only if we know what we give up in progress toward other objectives. DBx: In normal times government officials are poor at recognizing and accounting for the opportunity costs of programs that are popular with the public or with powerful interests groups. But...

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Some Covid Links

Those of you who doubt that Covid hysteria fuels tyranny should read this report, by Charles Oliver, of goings-on in Canada. Jacob Sullum rightly criticizes Texas governor Greg Abbott’s policy of preventing private entities in that state from requiring customers, employees, or both from being vaccinated against Covid-19. I’m going to contribute to the legal-defense fund of this British anti-lockdown protestor. Covid hysteria further eats away cancerously at Britain’s democratic...

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Some Non-Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley reports on a reality that is obvious to all minds save those belonging to “Progressives”: If you make crime pay, it’ll pay people to commit crime. A slice: Like the local leaders in San Francisco, Baltimore officials blamed the retailers for leaving instead of the thieves for driving them away. But indulging criminal behavior in the name of “social justice” only helps criminals, who are not representative of all blacks. Public policies that give...

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Balanced-Budget Requirements Are a Tool for Keeping Government Limited

Here’s another letter to John Tamny on the ill-consequences of deficit financing: John: The fact that you’re so astute about so many issues only intensifies my mystification at your continuing blindness to the dangers that lurk in deficit financing of government expenditures. In your latest essay you again accuse those of us who oppose deficit financing of “the folly of putting the false notion of a ‘balanced budget’ on a pedestal.” You add that “[i]t has nothing to do with limited...

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Some Covid Links

Jay Bhattacharya tweets: Recognizing the reality of immunity after COVID-recovery is a pro-vax position. Acknowledging this fact builds credibility so people believe it when you correctly say the vax protects vs. severe disease. Pushing cruel vax mandates, on the other hand, undermines that trust. “Yale Epidemiology Prof: ‘Natural Immunity is Much Longer-Lasting Than Vaccinated Immunity’.” For more evidence on the reality of naturally acquired resistance to Covid-19 see this piece by...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 95 of the late Peter Bauer’s essay “Black Africa: the Living Legacy of Dying Colonialism,” which is Chapter 6 in Bauer’s excellent 1984 book, Reality and Rhetoric: Studies in the Economics of Development: According to the perverse priorities of contemporary government, the creation of specific organizations and the expenditure of large sums of money can lead to recognition even if the money is clearly wasted, or activities run counter to their declared objectives or to...

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