The Many Ways in Which Freedom Won the Election

– November 6, 2020

“The media and the elites learned nothing from the 2016 election. But for now, some pretty awful policies were defeated. May the utter disaster and election mismanagement unfolding before our eyes in many states right now lead a few people to wonder why on earth they should believe that a government that can’t do something as basic as running an election should possibly be in charge of the rest of our lives.” ~ Veronique de Rugy

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Lockdowns: The Great Debate

– November 6, 2020

Tonight, the Journal of the American Medical Association is finally permitting some debate on lockdowns on their very influential YouTube channel. The debate will be between Harvard’s lockdown architect Dr. Marc Lipsitch and Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya of Stanford, one of three primary authors of the Great Barrington Declaration. It will be moderated by Dr. Howard Bauchner, who is the editor of JAMA and a busy podcaster who hosts regular video updates from Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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We need a Market for Expert Advice, and Competition Among Experts

– November 5, 2020

“Without competition among experts, we can expect more expert failure in the future. It is time to reform SAGE and reduce the monopoly power of its one, largely unchallenged, team of experts.” ~ Roger Koppl

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Lockdowns as a Political Tragedy of the Commons

– November 3, 2020

“All of this because of a political tragedy of the commons created by governments who insist on their right and duty to nationalize decision-making over all the private actions and activities of the citizenry subject to their control. Maybe we need a new slogan: Locked-down lives matter, and governments should stop doing it.” ~ Richard M. Ebeling

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2020-2030 Could Be the Decade of Economic Malaise

– November 3, 2020

“If history shows us anything, this experience may very well spark a renaissance for the ideas of limited government and markets. If only we could learn this the easy way rather than the hard way.” ~ Ethan Yang

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Not the “Entrepreneurial State”

– November 2, 2020

“Mazzucato describes herself as a fighter in a ‘discursive battle.’ Indeed. But if she wins the ‘battle’ in people’s minds about how innovation and markets work, we will retreat from the Great Enrichment, 1800 to the present, and the bettering of the wretched of the earth. Let’s not.” ~ “Deirdre Nansen McCloskey & Alberto Mingardi

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Trump’s Rallies Killed People? It’s Fake Science

– November 1, 2020

“It surely is not enough to throw together a paper that is 95% statistical mumbo-jumbo, and with a firm conclusion that impacts on an earth-shaking election that is only three days away. Scientific integrity requires much more than coming to a politically correct conclusion with a made-for-media conclusion.” ~ Robert Wright

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Monopoly vs. Monopoly: Sloppy Definitions Lead to Harmful Policy

– November 1, 2020

“A new term is needed for the highly-competitive innovators who achieve large market shares by creatively providing outstanding, innovative, and lower-cost products and services that are of such value that millions of people choose to buy their products. We can keep the term ‘monopoly,’ but it should be reserved for describing those government-created and sanctioned dinosaurs like the US Postal Service.” ~ Raymond C. Niles

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“Slide-Rule Aid”? Why Not?

– October 31, 2020

“Saving one industry means hurting another, and I cannot help but wonder: what troubles have we endured and what progress have we sacrificed in order to protect obsolete producers of soybeans, steel, shirts, schooling…and slide rules?” ~ Art Carden

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Paul Krugman, the Lock-’Em-Down Economist

– October 30, 2020

“Those genuinely interested in finding the best solutions to complex problems do not automatically react with vitriol, smears, and petty insults, but carefully contemplate the ideas in question. One might speculate that the flippancy with which Krugman, Khullar, and the other elite pundits dismiss the injury caused by lockdowns reflects the truth that for them – as opposed to the underprivileged – these measures are a mere inconvenience.” ~ Jenin Younes

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Open Letter to Matt Yglesias

– October 29, 2020

“The economy is people – people producing, trading, cooperating, and consuming. Reasonable people disagree over what are the best policies to deal with Covid-19. But contrary to the impression conveyed by your tweet, no serious person argues for sacrificing lives to ‘the economy’ as a lifeless abstraction.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux

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Does Anyone Trust the Fed?

– October 29, 2020

“Until the Fed acts to build trust and credibility with the public, its policy of Average Inflation Targeting will have little effect on inflation or economic activity.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan

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