Crisis, History

Will the Politicians Admit Their Lockdown Mistake?

– May 27, 2020

“Was this a mistake? Yes. It’s time to admit it. There ought to be acts of contrition from the political class and the modelers who advised them, in which they loudly and earnestly declare that they are heartily sorry for their sins, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker

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Crisis, History

The 2007 Origins of Forced School Closings and Mandatory Human Separation

– May 26, 2020

“If you have any doubt that the main push for the lockdown was less about therapy than models, inspired by the fantasies of a computer scientist rather than a genuine expert in viruses, a social experiment conducted with disregard for freedom and the rule of law, a wild and foolhardy central plan hatched without regard to experience or serious medical science, this email chain as passionate demand to implement the 2007 CDC blueprint is the proof.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker

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Crisis, History

Is this Really a Post-Liberal Era?

– May 17, 2020

Liberals of all types should not despair and feel they are like Sir Edward Grey watching the lights of liberal civilisation go out all over Europe: if they understand better where we are then the new state of affairs could end up being an improvement over the way they have been for the last two to three decades.

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Crisis, History

The 2006 Origins of the Lockdown Idea

– May 15, 2020

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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Crisis, History

No Lockdowns: The Terrifying Polio Pandemic of 1949-52

– May 10, 2020

What’s remarkable in light of the near-global coercive lockdown for COVID-19 is how the terrible and terrifying disease of polio was managed almost entirely by a private and voluntary system of health professionals, innovators, parental responsibility, localized caution, and individual volition and caution where needed.

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Crisis, History

Elvis Was King, Ike Was President, and 116,000 Americans Died in a Pandemic

– May 4, 2020

For staying calm and treating the terrible Asian flu of 1957 as a medical problem to address with medical intelligence, rather than as an excuse to unleash Medieval-style brutality, this first postwar generation deserves our respect and admiration.

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History
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Ben Shapiro versus Lawrence Glickman on the New Deal

– May 3, 2020

In some ways, it is thus clear that the New Deal made things worse. In other words, it is Shapiro who is technically correct.

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History, International

The Glorious Innovation of Containerization

– April 27, 2020

However, entrepreneurial innovation has unintended benefits that no one, not even the entrepreneur devising the innovation, can fully anticipate. To put the current fears regarding the global supply chain in perspective, let us imagine a world in which McLean never discovered the containership.

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Crisis, History

That Time Jesus Was Quarantined

– April 19, 2020

Our times have reminded us that being called diseased is like other forms of social division that drive people apart and make them more dependent on power. It leads people to fear, hate, and separate. Jesus too not only addressed that topic; he lived it, even at the penalty of personal quarantine.

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Books, History
1619 Project: A Critique

The 1619 Project: A Critique

– April 15, 2020

In The 1619 Project: A Critique, I evaluate a number of factual and interpretive claims and provides an accessible resource for readers wishing to navigate the scholarly disputes, offering my own interpretive take on claims pertaining to areas of history in which I have worked.

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