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Tendentious Editorializing

Here’s a letter to the Washington Post: Editor: Your criticism of Texas governor Greg Abbott’s decision to end statewide lockdowns is tendentious (“Greg Abbott is endangering the health of Texas and beyond,” March 3). You ignore the evidence that lockdowns are ineffective at stopping coronavirus […]

MikeRowe Economics

In this video, John Stossel talks with Mike Rowe about so-called “essential workers.” Comments Original Article

Some Non-Covid Links

Jason Riley asks: Why did Amazon cancel Justice Clarence Thomas? A slice: The documentary began airing on PBS in May 2020 and streaming on Amazon in October. But it was taken down by Amazon on Feb. 8, according to the director, Michael Pack, and he […]

Some Covid Links

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifts mask mandate and reopens the state 100 percent! People still living under lockdown are in abusive relationships with their governments. (Some governments, like some spouses, are more abusive than others. But any government that restricts the normal range of activities […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 3 of Thomas Sowell’s 1993 collection, Is Reality Optional?: If safety fanatics are allowed to kill the goose that lays the golden egg, that can also kill people. Already safety crusades are cracking down on the “pollution” of waterways involving traces […]

The Wisdom of Walter E. Williams

From 35 years ago is this lecture by my late, great colleague – and much-missed dear friend – Walter Williams. Comments Original Article

Bonus Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 56 of my late, great colleague Walter Williams’s 2011 book, Race & Economics (original emphasis): The minimum-wage law has imposed incalculable harm on the most disadvantaged members of our society. The absence of work opportunities for many black youngsters does not […]

A Discussion about Lockdowns

Freddie Sayers and Unherd TV host this discussion featuring Tory MP Charles Walker and Lord David Blunkett of the Labour Party. Comments Original Article

Some Non-Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins decries the intellectual state of humanity these days. A slice: Especially but not exclusively on the left, it seems bad form nowadays, and even evidence of some kind of guilt, to subject any passionately-made claim to cool examination. Consider […]

Dan Klein on Adam Smith on Slavery

My colleague Dan Klein – one of the finest living scholars of Adam Smith – discusses the Great Scot’s analysis of, and attitude toward, slavery. Comments Original Article