Crisis, History

The American Revolution Occurred in the Middle of a Pandemic

– July 4, 2020

“For soldiers in the Revolutionary War, COVID-19 would have been hardly noticed. Instead they dealt with a disease far more ghastly. And yet they fought. For freedom.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker

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Crisis, Podcast

The Dubious Origins of the Lockdown Idea (podcast)

– July 4, 2020

Peter R. Quinones interviewed me on his podcast on the topic: the origin of the lockdown idea. This was the basis of my speech at Porcfest which was not recorded at my request. This is more-or-less a 50 minute version done in an interview format. Liste …

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Authoritarianism, Crisis, Free Enterprise, Policy
sledgehammer smashing glass

Smash the COVID Orthodoxy

– July 4, 2020

“In a time of industrial levels of draconian lockdown measures, of fear-mongering and politicization, a failure to speak out against the orthodoxy will only lead to more pain and suffering. Perhaps the status quo is the best way forward, but we will never know unless we have more voices in the conversation. When this is all over, history will remember those who were brave enough to speak out, insightful enough to weigh all the options, wise enough to consider the future, and most importantly those who stood for principle.” ~ Ethan Yang

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Crisis, Healthcare, Policy, Regulation
grass walking

Two Pandemics: One Serious, One Mild

– July 3, 2020

“Simply put, we adopted the wrong measures and used them to ineffectually target the milder of the two pandemics, all the while neglecting or even exacerbating the much more severe outbreak that continues to run its course through our vulnerable nursing home population.” ~ Phillip W. Magness

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Crisis, Healthcare, Policy
nurse walking

Don’t Let Hospitalization Trends Blind You to the Numbers Themselves

– July 3, 2020

“What we can see clearly from the trends around the world is that the virus’s impact has been very uneven, and massive outbreaks like those experienced in Italy and New York are not inevitable, and seem to have little to do with how local government addressed the pandemic.” ~ Stephen C. Miller

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Authoritarianism, Crisis, Policy
Rand Paul

Rand Paul Is Right About Experts

– July 3, 2020

“An expert is very well-positioned to say “if you do these things, then you can expect the following effects with the following probabilities.” Only in the most extraordinary of circumstances—and even then, I’m still extremely skeptical—should they presume to tell others exactly which choices they should make.” ~ Art Carden

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