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Some Covid Links

In this video, biologist Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying expose some of the shoddiness behind the flawed “science” now spreading virally and causing lethal Covid Derangement Syndrome. (HT Sheldon Richman) “Americans Are Fleeing Lockdowns, When They Can Afford It” – so reports Jeffrey Tucker. Covid dictators such as Boris Johnson refuse to let go of their tyrannical powers. And don’t think that what much of humanity is now suffering isn’t real, honest-to-badness tyranny. Michael Psaras...

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Pete Boettke remembers his late classmate, and our mutual friend and former colleague, Jerry Ellig. Also remembering Jerry is Veronique de Rugy. And here’s the announcement of Jerry’s passing by his employer, George Washington University’s Regulatory Studies Center. Brian Albrecht explains how price theory helps us navigate the minimum-wage debate. A slice: One thing that price theory stresses, beyond Walrasian competitive models or supply and demand is that all markets are connected...

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For Every Action…

… there is an equal and opposite reaction. So says Newton’s Third Law of Motion. What is true in the physical world is very often true also in the social world. Extremism on the political left causes extremism on the political right; extremism on the political right causes extremism on the political left. Extremism and zealotry now reign unreined on opposite sides of the ideological spectrum. I am pessimistic. Comments

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Arnold Kling writes perceptively and wisely about libertarianism and populism. A slice: People who trust themselves will 1. Prefer to make their own decisions, rather than have “officials” make decisions for them. 2. Prefer not to make decisions for others. I see populism as failing to embrace (2). But if you do not embrace (2), then you cannot live by (1). The difference between populists and elitists is about who gets to make decisions for others. For progressive elitists, it is...

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Peter Hitchens on Covid Derangement Syndrome’s Pummeling of Civilization

I thank my GMU Econ colleague Dan Klein for sharing with me this new interview with Peter Hitchens. Although Hitchens is a bit too self-congratulatory for my tastes, I agree with nearly all that he says about the deranged response to Covid-19. Quite appropriate is this early comment left at the YouTube site where this video is posted (original ellipses): “Peter knows that humanity is in grave danger…. People all around the world are sleep walking towards a life that will not be worth...

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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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Dartmouth economist Douglas Irwin writes in the Wall Street Journal that truths that economists have long known about trade were not proven false or upended by Donald Trump’s peddling of protectionist fallacies. Here’s his conclusion: All this points to a disappointing—but entirely predictable—set of outcomes that, unfortunately, have damaged the U.S. economy and alienated allies. The president sought to reduce the trade deficit, increase manufacturing employment, change China’s...

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 189 of the late Hans Rosling’s marvelous 2018 book, Factfulness: Almost every activist I have ever met, whether deliberately or, more likely, unknowingly, exaggerates the problem to which they have dedicated themselves. Comments

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Quotation of the Day…

… is from Abraham Lincoln’s oration in his first debate with Stephen Douglas, which occurred in 1858: Consequently he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed. DBx: Ideas – including the manner in which these are expressed verbally and in writing and through entertainment – matter immensely. Change ideas, and you change the world. Don’t, and you don’t. Of course, it’s...

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Texas Tech economist Benjamin Powell disagrees with Tyler Cowen’s reasons for dismissing the Great Barrington Declaration. Here’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown on the deranged new lockdowns. A slice: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new orders go the furthest into hygiene theater, creating new limits on how many people can gather in private houses (10) and shutting down bars and other establishments that serve alcohol after 10 p.m. with little scientific evidence that such arbitrary limits will...

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