Scamocracy in America

How a fraudulent ruling class plundered our most precious inheritance. Over the past fifty years the rules of public and even of private life in America have well-nigh reversed, along with the meaning of common words, e.g. marriage, merit, and equality. Social inequality, even more than economic, has increased as personal safety and freedom have … Read more Scamocracy in America

Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence

The media blitz during these last several weeks revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification. When mobs tore down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant and defaced a monument to African-American veterans of the Civil War, many people wondered whether the protesters had ever learned anything in high … Read more Universities Sowing the Seeds of Their Own Obsolescence

The ‘Diversity’ Trap

A shallow, reductive version of diversity that first gained a foothold in progressive political spaces has rapidly spread across American institutions and the corporate world. It values skin color and other inherited characteristics above all else, largely ignores class issues, and overlooks the benefits of real diversity, like the anti-fragile resilience created by fostering people … Read more The ‘Diversity’ Trap

The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

Essentially every form of discrimination on the basis of race in economic matters has been banned by law in the United States since at least the 1960s. That’s sufficiently long ago that the number of people old enough to have living memory of the days when racial discrimination was legally tolerated is rapidly diminishing. Today, … Read more The Woke Tech Giants Teach Us How To Deal With Systemic Racism

John Cochrane Rightly Objects to the Mobthink of Krugman, Wolfers, Yellen, and Other Economists

These times, it is already trite to observe, are sad and dangerous, filled as they are with roving bands of rabid “Twitter Robespierres.” Liberalism – true liberalism – is rejected, in deed if not always in word, by many who once called themselves “liberal.” Humanity’s brutality, we see again, is never far from the surface … Read more John Cochrane Rightly Objects to the Mobthink of Krugman, Wolfers, Yellen, and Other Economists

UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

I am increasingly alarmed by the absence of diversity of opinion on the topic of the recent protests and our community response to them. In the extended links and resources you provided, I could not find a single instance of substantial counter-argument or alternative narrative to explain the under-representation of black individuals in academia or … Read more UC Berkeley History Professor’s Open Letter Against BLM, Police Brutality and Cultural Orthodoxy

Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police

We are now reaping the whirlwind of irrationality led by the so-called “educated-class”. . . . It seems that almost everybody is angry these days, and there are a lot of good reasons for it. Injustices have abounded in the last few months. Bad cops have killed helpless citizens, rioters and looters have disrupted legal … Read more Reason Matters: Defund Professors, Not Police

Tired of ‘Winning’ Yet?

Republicans should stop making excuses for the president’s lies, threats, and abuses — or stop wrapping themselves in the mantle of patriotism. . . . Steyn was leaning on a classic political trope, in effect: “The other side is a bunch of rat bastards, and therefore it not only is morally acceptable for us to … Read more Tired of ‘Winning’ Yet?

Rioting for fun & profit

There is nothing unChristian about getting angry once in a while. Perhaps one might say it gets less Christian the more it happens. But the injustices of this world are real; they are not props in a game show. Righteous indignation is not an impossibility. The idea that one’s anger justifies bad behaviour is, however, … Read more Rioting for fun & profit

What About the Rotten Culture of the Rich?

We used to joke on Wall Street that you should marry a trader at another firm, trade with only each other, and by end of the year one would have made a lot of money and the other lost the exact same amount. The winner would be paid a big bonus, and the loser only … Read more What About the Rotten Culture of the Rich?

The Great Pizza Arbitrage Scheme Of 2020 Is Spotlighting The Strangeness Of Food Delivery Services

Food delivery services always felt a bit wonky to me. I’m usually not terribly old fashioned about most things, but I generally understood that some restaurants delivered and some did not and that that was mostly fine. Along came food delivery services to bring us food from places that didn’t deliver and that was mostly … Read more The Great Pizza Arbitrage Scheme Of 2020 Is Spotlighting The Strangeness Of Food Delivery Services

Heritage Foundation: More than half of all U.S. counties report zero COVID-19 deaths

More than half of all U.S. counties have reported no coronavirus-related deaths, an analysis by the Heritage Foundation shows. In light of the data, the Heritage Foundation created a National Coronavirus Recovery Commission to offer policy solutions to lawmakers to avert an economic depression “regardless of whether COVID-19 is suppressed in the next several months … Read more Heritage Foundation: More than half of all U.S. counties report zero COVID-19 deaths

Plague-proof the U.S. with nursing home and hotel pairings?

One of my bored-in-quarantine activities is mocking Facebook friends for their faith in various Utopian government-run schemes for winning the war against the evil coronavirus. Most of these schemes require a perfectly efficient government, the elimination of the Constitutional rights of healthy young people, and a perfectly compliant population (including the 22 million undocumented). Usually … Read more Plague-proof the U.S. with nursing home and hotel pairings?

U.S. Secret Service: “Massive Fraud” Against State Unemployment Insurance Programs

A well-organized Nigerian crime ring is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis by committing large-scale fraud against multiple state unemployment insurance programs, with potential losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a new alert issued by the U.S. Secret Service. U.S. Secret Service: “Massive Fraud” Against State Unemployment Insurance Programs Related PostsArmy Research Shows … Read more U.S. Secret Service: “Massive Fraud” Against State Unemployment Insurance Programs

Ten reasons to end the lockdown now

Writing in this magazine a month ago, I applauded the government’s stated aim of trying to follow the science in dealing with Covid. Such promises are easier made than kept. Following science means understanding science. It means engaging with rival interpretations of the limited data in order to tease out what is most important in … Read more Ten reasons to end the lockdown now

Why Did We Treat Coronavirus So Differently Than Other Epidemics?

A three-column article in the local daily recently revealed the alarming news that Arizona State Sen. Lupe Contreras and members of his family had tested positive for the coronavirus. I wish Sen. Contreras and his family well. He seems like a good guy. But in a sane world without the hyperbolic, breathless press treatment of … Read more Why Did We Treat Coronavirus So Differently Than Other Epidemics?

The fallen state of experts

Today we have the “rule of experts.” Monopoly experts have the power to choose for you in one field after another, including child protective services, economic policy, and pandemic response. But if you give some humans the monopoly power to choose for other humans, you have created some dangerous incentives. The rule of experts gives … Read more The fallen state of experts

Recognizing the Deadly Impact of Economic Lockdowns

Last October, before coronavirus became the world’s dominant issue, I shared this clever Remy video to help make the point that policies designed to save lives can go too far. Indeed, if they do enough harm to the economy, they can actually cause additional death.   Remy: People Will Die!   I’ve written about this … Read more Recognizing the Deadly Impact of Economic Lockdowns

The Human Cost of ‘Culling’ Livestock and ‘Depopulating’ Farms

Unfolding this month, in the background of the pandemic, is a “depopulation” of livestock farms — another surreal new term of the crisis to add to our list. It’s as detached and colorless a word as the industry could find for gassing, suffocating, or otherwise doing in the millions of animals whose appointments at the … Read more The Human Cost of ‘Culling’ Livestock and ‘Depopulating’ Farms

60 Questions Americans Need To Consider About How To Handle Coronavirus

Shutdowns and bailouts are unsustainable for 18 months to two years. We need a new and better set of strategies, and we can’t put it off any further. In mid-April, 69 percent of 2,394 registered U.S. voters polled said it is “necessary” to develop a coronavirus vaccine “before we reopen the economy.” Politicians are beginning … Read more 60 Questions Americans Need To Consider About How To Handle Coronavirus

Doctors: Shut downs counter decades of medical science; overestimation of fatality rates caused unwarranted panic

Some doctors, economists and educators argue stay-at-home orders defy data and medical science, and are hurting young people the most. Former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Scott Atlas, says an overestimation of the fatality rate of those infected has created an unwarranted panic. In a column published by The Hill, he … Read more Doctors: Shut downs counter decades of medical science; overestimation of fatality rates caused unwarranted panic

Federal Red Tape Is Keeping Local Meat Processors From Helping Fix Our Supply Problem

The increasing possibility of a breakdown in the meat supply chain in the United States due to COVID-19 is prompting Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.) to renew his push for a bill that would make it easier for small, independent slaughterhouses and meat processors to sell directly to consumers. Large meatpacking plants across the country have … Read more Federal Red Tape Is Keeping Local Meat Processors From Helping Fix Our Supply Problem

Welfare States in Miniature

“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” advises the proverb. Why not? Anyone who ever has spoken with an investment adviser has heard the sermon about diversification of risk. And most people understand that in the context of an investment portfolio. But in other contexts, we respond to risk with the opposite of … Read more Welfare States in Miniature

Physicians Say Hospitals Are Pressuring ER Docs to List COVID-19 on Death Certificates. Here’s Why

When Drs. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi of Accelerated Urgent Care held a press conference last week, their goal was to galvanize policymakers to reopen the economy. The California-based hospital owners may have uncorked a bigger story. During their long discussion with reporters, Dr. Erickson noted he has spoken to numerous physicians who say … Read more Physicians Say Hospitals Are Pressuring ER Docs to List COVID-19 on Death Certificates. Here’s Why

Trillion‐​Dollar Spending Bills Bring Out the Lobbyists

The Center for Responsive Politics reports that lobbying spending has jumped to near‐​record levels in the first quarter of 2020 “as powerful companies, trade groups and other clients rushed to influence the government’s response to COVID-19, particularly its $2.2 trillion stimulus bill.” Federal lobbying spending totaled $903 million in the first quarter, the most since … Read more Trillion‐​Dollar Spending Bills Bring Out the Lobbyists