Small Convertibles are Safer? Why?

– June 26, 2020

“A seemingly dangerous car makes the driver aware of the dangers of hurling down the road at high speeds while being surrounded by drivers who are clueless about how terrifying driving truly is. Having such awareness is crucial to driving safely and defensively. That is why there are fewer crashes and fewer deaths in convertibles.” ~ Jeffrey Tucker

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Should Those Passing Counterfeits be Treated like Counterfeiters?

– June 24, 2020

“It seems odd that the crime of uttering currency is considered to be so grave an offense in this day and age. Reducing the punishment might cause law enforcement officers to approach cases of uttering as they do other less serious, non-violent offenses.” ~ J.P. Koning

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Contact tracing

Doubts About Contact Tracing

– June 17, 2020

“Contact tracing might make sense for certain diseases. But it turns out that there is no evidence that this novel coronavirus can be contained by contact tracing. Let us consider some of the articles on this topic.” ~ Edward Stringham

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Fatal Conceit of COVID-19 Epidemic Models

The Fatal Conceit of COVID-19 Epidemic Models

– June 10, 2020

“The epidemiological world has published countless articles and studies warning against the tendency and ease with which one can overestimate Ro. We have fallen prey to this tendency once again.” Gregory van Kipnis

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Don’t Defund Police, Make them Part of the Market

Don’t Defund Police, Make them Part of the Market

– June 10, 2020

“There is an argument regularly doled out by police unions which states that without the wide swath of protections that police officers face, they would be more reluctant to investigate, pursue, and apprehend wrongdoers. If so, there are ways to fix that problem.”~Peter C. Earle

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End an Era of Brutality, End Qualified Immunity

To End an Era of Brutality, End Qualified Immunity

– June 2, 2020

“If qualified immunity has been acting as insurance for police officers, to retire the legal doctrine would lead officers to bear greater legal risk. The theory goes that in bearing this risk, officers will be incentivized to engage in their service more carefully. But this does not change the fact that the officers will be bearing greater cost than they would otherwise.” James Caton

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Financial Markets Work Without Coercion

– May 26, 2020

“Coercion is sure to diminish the positive contributions that financial markets make to the larger economy. Even worse, such coercion would violate the rights of the property owners whose voluntary choices give rise to financial markets.” ~ Donald Boudreaux

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Micromanaged Business Reopenings Could Cause More Harm

– May 25, 2020

“In attempting to convey that the adults in the room have spent a long time thinking about this difficult issue, Massachusetts instead exposes just how little regulators’ blunt instruments can possibly add.” ~ Max Gulker

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Government Has Forced Culinary Genius Into Paper and Plastic

– May 23, 2020

“Politicians missed the boat completely in forcing restaurants into takeout concepts. For all too many chefs, this one-size-fits-all solution insulted and continues to insult their genius. This is about much more than money.” ~ John Tamny

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The Ides of March, 2020: When Bank Regulation Failed

– May 23, 2020

“When the rules make it impossible for a bank to make sound and reasonable acquisitions of new assets because they are up against their capital limits, things can go badly awry.” ~ Warren Gibson

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Economic Planning Will Extend Economic Misery

– May 22, 2020

“Central planning of resources doesn’t work during good times, which means it most certainly doesn’t during the bad.” ~ John Tamny

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Safety is Found in Principles, Not Lies

– May 22, 2020

“Safety lies in the strength of our belief in strict limits on government power, the rule of law, and stable property rights. Honor these principles and safety will emerge from the actions of a free people, not the edicts of authoritarians.” ~ Barry Brownstein

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