Lockdowns Have Deeply Harmed the Most Vulnerable Among Us

– May 8, 2020

Keep this in mind when you see journalists, academics, and internet activists defending the lockdowns from the comforts of their home offices, and sneering at the recently unemployed who venture to point out that the current state of affairs is unsustainable.

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Public Choice and the Lockdowns

– May 7, 2020

Public Choice seeks to apply our assumptions about human beings and their behavior to the state in the same way we apply those assumptions to other human institutions. It asks us not to be romantic about political power and the way it operates.

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Masks in Sweden: A Followup

– May 6, 2020

In response to my piece on Masks in Sweden, I received the following fascinating note which compares the attitude in Sweden with that in the United States. I think readers will find this very interesting.

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How to Stop Food Shortages

– May 6, 2020

What Americans really have to fear are “anti-gouging” laws applied to food. If food prices are not allowed to rise when supply and demand conditions warrant, shortages will occur and, potentially, famine. It is difficult to believe that anyone has to make such a point in 2020, but that is where we are.

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Science and the Pandemic

– May 5, 2020

I can think of no greater offense against a genuinely scientific attitude than to support policies – especially ones adopted in haste and in a panic, and which diminish the amount of information that is uncovered and put to good use throughout society – simply because these policies are recommended by some epidemiologists.

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Why “Operation Warp Speed” Could Be Deadly

– May 5, 2020

For some, perhaps those in crowded urban environments, taking a COVID-19 vaccine may seem like a wise choice. Individuals choosing to be vaccinated deserve the safest possible vaccine, a vaccine for which insurance companies insuring vaccine manufacturers will provide liability protection.

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Austrian Economics

An “Austrian” Agenda for Post-Coronavirus Recovery

– May 5, 2020

The “enemy” in our case is not a “them,” but the “us.” Only by facing, challenging, and defeating the ideas of collectivism, welfare statism, and the political paternalism of governmental planning with which too many Americans have become intellectually and culturally “infected,” is there a way back to the prosperity that we can have.

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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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Inflation and Coronavirus Monetary Policies

– May 4, 2020

Not knowing the relationship between monetary policy and inflation is a risky way to conduct monetary policy. Maybe everything will work out fine; maybe not.

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It Is Not Our Ignorance that Will Kill Us, But Our Arrogance

– May 4, 2020

Join me in collectively repeating the following — I do not know what is best for everyone to do. If we internalize that, we begin to realize that is true for everyone. This prevents us from falling prey to what Adam Smith referred to as innumerable delusions. There is no panacea to our social ills. There are social ills, but there is no one size fits all solution to it.

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Masks in Sweden

– May 4, 2020

Swedes practice social distancing, but they don’t much wear masks. In the stores, on the urban streets, and on public transportation, perhaps 10 percent wear masks. Not many. Why is that?

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The Crisis Experts are Themselves the Crisis

– May 3, 2020

So are Fauci and Gates wrong, or are Musk and Burry incorrect? Should local, state and national politicians seek economic re-opening, or is this virus so lethal that we must remain locked down for weeks? No one really knows. Since no one does, better for governments and experts to do nothing so that well-informed markets can bring clarity to that which is opaque.

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