Tag: Pandemic
As the Pandemic Demonstrates, Leviathan Feeds on National Crises

Crisis and Leviathan is Robert Higgs’ great work of history exploring how politicians exploit crisis situations to grow their power. As their power grows, so too does the size of government. Leviathan, of course, refers to the old bible stories of a multi-headed sea serpent with an insatiable appetite — much like today’s U.S….
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State Mismanagement of Covid-19 Data Continues

Mindy Clark of Sarasota, Florida, drove to a COVID-19 testing site at Manatee Rural Health because she thought she might have contracted the virus. At the drive-thru testing center, she was told to take the test only if she had experienced symptoms. She drove away before being swabbed. Two days later, she received a…
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Federal Regulations Explode During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Trump administration has often trumpeted its effectiveness in reducing the number of regulations that U.S. government agencies impose on regular Americans and businesses. But since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of new regulatory restrictions issued by federal agencies and departments has exploded, reversing much of the progress the Trump administration…
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Coronavirus Crises: Everything to Fear from Fear Itself

The coronavirus has spawned crises on three fronts—medical, financial, and economic—and the tide in each turns at different times. The stock market has rebounded from its March 23 bottom, two weeks after Treasury bond yields began to rise from their all-time low. COVID-19 death rates passed their peak in the United States and most…
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The “Prominent Hole” in CDC Epidemic Intelligence

Federal government briefings on the current pandemic have failed to feature anyone openly identified with the Epidemic Intelligence Service, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Embattled Americans might find that odd, since the EIS is tasked to protect the country from health threats. 

Coronavirus Corruption: Bad Incentives and Politics as Usual

Rebeckah Jones worked for the Florida Department of Health’s Geographic Information team. One of her greatest responsibilities was to develop and maintain the Florida Covid-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard. The dashboard provides Floridians with timely information on the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities at the state and county level. Despite receiving considerable…
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Pandemics Are Not Recessions, And Pessimism Isn’t Logic

I thank Dr. Edwin G. Dolan for taking the time to critique my recent Independent Institute Executive Summary, A Pandemic is Not a Recession, in his April 15th blog posting for the Niskanen Center, “The Shaky Logic Behind Hopes for a Quick Recovery.” Criticism is valuable and necessary—though inaccuracies need to be cleared up…
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The Smart Ones in the Time of Pandemic

Although it is still early days to reach definitive conclusions about many aspects of the coronavirus pandemic, we have by now a fair idea of which countries have done a better job than most others in fighting it. I propose that we group them into four categories. Several countries could be in more than…
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Pandemic Reading Tips: Part Deux

“Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world,” wrote Albert Camus in his 1947 novel The Plague, “yet somehow we refuse to believe in ones that come crashing down out of a clear blue sky.” In Oran, in French Algeria, the residents were unprepared, and “how should they have given…
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The Fed Becomes the U.S. Government’s Biggest Creditor

Do you remember life before the coronavirus epidemic? Like back in September 2019, when the Social Security Trust Fund was the largest creditor to the U.S. government? The venerable trust fund’s long reign as the biggest single lender of money to the U.S. government has come to an end, because Uncle Sam has a…
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