trophy, hands

The Good Guys Are Winning!

– June 18, 2020

“AIER is convincing the world that lockdowns were poor policies indeed, never to be repeated for this or any similar threat.” ~ Robert Wright

people, gas station

Tear Down this Plexiglass!

– June 17, 2020

“To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, who challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to eradicate another major symbol of fear and mistrust in the world, I urge us to tear down this plexiglass.” ~ Anthony Gill

nurses, hospital

What Spike? Hospitalization Data Show No Indication of a Second Wave

– June 16, 2020

“Most states are either seeing declining or flat trends in hospitalizations, with a few notable exceptions such as North Carolina, Texas, and Arizona. But in those states the number of hospitalizations is still relatively low, a fraction of the totals that New York and New Jersey were seeing in April.” ~ Steve Miller

shenanigans, a pub

It Is Time To Call Shenanigans!

– June 11, 2020

“If scientists truly knew nothing about SARS-COV-2 then they should have advocated doing nothing until it was well enough understood to proffer effective policies lest they inadvertently contribute to its spread.” ~ Robert Wright

USA in Lockdown

Unemployment Far Worse in Lockdown States, Data Show

– June 4, 2020

“In general, states that were still closed on May 9 had the highest average insured unemployment rates relative to the average for that same group on March 1. The unemployment rate of fully locked down states was at least double than states that had no formal lockdown.” ~ Abigail Devereaux

Question the Mask Mandates

Question the Mask Mandates, for Reasons of Science

– June 3, 2020

“CDC guidelines regarding the use of cloth masks have seen a complete 180-degree inversion over the last two months. With rapid changes like this we see the human side of science, we see the social and political aspects of the scientific process.” ~ Diana W. Thomas and Michael D. Thomas

The World Health Organization Was Against Quarantines Only Last Year

The World Health Organization Was Against Quarantines Only Last Year

– May 28, 2020

“The real problem is epistemic: who is to decide what is normal, mild, moderate, or severe pandemic? Leave that decision to politicians and bureaucrats, and you have a problem. They do not know, and, as we’ve seen, immediately adopt the most extreme measures and go beyond them.” ~ Edward Peter Stringham


Where Are the Reopening Experiments?

– April 28, 2020

Again, I think that most places could re-open now, and indeed should never have shut down in the first place, but if politicians insist on taking the cautious approach, they should at least have to provide some empirical evidence that re-opening would lead to a spike in deaths. The only way to do that is to experiment.


It’s Not Capitalism Bringing Us Deaths of Despair

– April 24, 2020

In recent years, authors left and right have tried to draw our attention towards the ills of the white working class, the “losers” of globalization. Here is a look at the latest work of Princeton professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton: Deaths of Despair.


We Would Not Be Better Off With Medicare for All

– April 22, 2020

Just because people would have health insurance does not mean they would receive health care when they need it most. In countries where everyone is covered by national insurance, the shortages are just as bad as in the U.S., if not worse.


We Can’t Have Government Healthcare AND Social Security

– April 3, 2020

If America retains Social Security while simultaneously turning over healthcare for all to the government, the government’s incentives will change somewhat, becoming more Logan’s Run-like.


Despite Everything, Markets are Still Working in Healthcare

– January 7, 2020

At the end of three frustrating days trying to find a doctor who would see me for a minor malady, a friend shot me a link to this: LiveHealthOnline. He said he gets all his prescriptions this way. Call anytime. It’s 24/7. He once called at 4am. No insu …