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May 15, 2020
Jeffrey Tucker

The 2006 Origins of the Lockdown Idea

So far as anyone can tell, the intellectual machinery that made this mess was invented 14 years ago, and not by epidemiologists but by computer-simulation modelers. It was adopted not by experienced doctors – they warned ferociously against it – but by politicians.

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Robert Hughes

Manufacturing Activity Plummets in April

Industrial production plunged as the tsunami of disastrous economic data continues. While some areas are moving towards easing restrictions, it will likely be a slow path back.

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Robert Hughes

Mixed Emotions for Consumers in Early May

Consumer attitudes are changing in somewhat unexpected ways as personal health, family finances, and social interactions are impacted by lockdown policies.

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Robert Hughes

Retail Sales Post Another Record Plunge in April

Retail sales posted another record decline in April and are likely to show significant weakness over the next several months.

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William J. Luther

Even In a Crisis, Student Loan Forgiveness Is Bad Policy

We should help those who are struggling right now. And we should do so quickly. Student loan debt forgiveness does not do that very much or very well.

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Art Carden

We Don’t Need One Big Plan to End the Lockdown

The transition back to normal life involves the coordination of the disparate and often-incompatible plans of billions of minds–and if we wish for that coordination to make the best use of knowledge in society, we are making a mistake if we are looking for a plan.

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Stephen Davies

Brexit Matters More than Ever

The specific events of Brexit are located in a wider story of political change that applies to almost all of the developed world and to many less developed countries as well. The book also explains why Brexit was the form this wider process took in the specific case of the UK.

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