Inventive intervention

Some Covid Links

Here’s wisdom from my emeritus Nobel-laureate colleague Vernon Smith: Prominent in the pandemic episode are the control freaks, activated by crises, both real and exaggerated; they are at the center of the exaggeration–the “chicken Little’s” of this world. This phenomenon in human experience is so […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 112 of Virginia Postrel’s superb and still-relevant 1998 book, The Future and Its Enemies: By dispersing knowledge and control, a dynamic society takes advantage of the human quest to create and discover. Dynamism allows the world to be enriched through the […]

Covidocratic Tyranny

Here’s a letter to the Washington Post: Editor: Leana Wen’s defense of vaccine passports is propaganda that would bring glee to Goebbels (“Stop calling them ‘vaccine passports’,” April 10). After assuring us that “almost no one is proposing this [Israeli “Green Pass”] kind of national […]

Some Covid Links

David Henderson likes many, but not all, of the remarks made by my colleague Tyler Cowen in Tyler’s recent appearance on Russ Roberts’s EconTalk. A slice from David’s post (original emphasis): I don’t know if Jeff Tucker said exactly what Tyler said he said, but […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 5 of Alan Macfarlane’s vital 1978 book, The Origins of English Individualism: [A] central and basic feature of English social structure has for a long time been the stress on the rights and privileges of the individual as against the wider […]

Sauce for the Goose Is Sauce for the Gander

Here’s a letter to a woman who is aggressively hostile to me: Ms. H___: You write that I “damage [my] already low credibility” by linking at Café Hayek (as I do today) to Prof. Robert Kaplan’s Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he counsels against […]

When Did We Learn About the Age Profile of Covid-19’s Victims?

Yesterday at Marginal Revolution Tyler Cowen featured in its own post this comment made by James Markels in response to Tyler’s link a day earlier to a Cafe Hayek post of mine – a post of mine critical of some remarks about Covid-19, and the […]

Some Covid Links

Wall Street Journal columnist Joseph Sternberg draws a very important lesson from Britain’s experience with Covid Derangement Syndrome and the resulting lockdowns. Two slices: Precisely because the medical news in Britain is so cheerful, its difficulties escaping lockdown serve as a cautionary tale for everyone […]

Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 154 of John Mueller’s excellent 1999 book, Capitalism, Democracy, & Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery: But it must be acknowledged that democracy is, and will always be, distressingly messy, clumsy, and disorderly, and that in it people are permitted loudly and irritatingly […]

Some Non-Covid Links

Art Carden celebrates the 50th birthday of my great, brilliant, and amazingly creative colleague Bryan Caplan. A slice: Poverty: Who’s to Blame? promises to be controversial. As he has argued in lectures he has given on the book’s themes, we can blame third-world governments for […]