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Imperial College Predicted Catastrophe in Every Country on Earth. Then the Models Failed.

Imperial College Predicted Catastrophe in Every Country on Earth. Then the Models Failed.

Phillip W. Magness  . The satirist Ambrose Bierce once defined prophecy as the “art and practice of selling one’s credibility for future delivery.” Covid-19 has produced no shortage of doomsaying prophets whose prognostications completely failed at future delivery, and yet in the eyes of the scientific community their credibility remains peculiarly intact. No greater example […]

Universal Basic Income: How Crazy of an Idea Is It Really?

Universal Basic Income: How Crazy of an Idea Is It Really?

AIER Staff  . Aleksandra Przegalinska, Vice Rector at Kozminski University and AIER Research Fellow interviews Robert Wright on the meaning, intent and practicality of universal basic income as an economic policy and moral conundrum for free societies.  AIER Staff Founded in 1933, the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) is one of the oldest […]

The Anti-Lockdown Movement Is Large and Growing

The Anti-Lockdown Movement Is Large and Growing

Jeffrey A. Tucker . Feeling outgunned, outnumbered, overpowered, smothered, and censored? Many people who oppose Covid lockdowns and all their associated restrictions feel this way. It’s hard not to. You can hardly post on social media without triggering warnings, corrections, and sometimes outright blocks.  Bans are part of the mix too, the complete deplatforming of […]

Consumers Who Want Privacy Are Finally Getting Their Way

Consumers Who Want Privacy Are Finally Getting Their Way

Jeffrey A. Tucker . I just updated my iPhone with a new feature that is long overdue. I’m thrilled to say that anyone who has downloaded the update is now in a position to control what personal information is used and passed on by various applications on the smartphone.  Apple has been generally better than […]

Government ‘Discrimination’ and the Age Profile of Covid-19 Fatalities

Government ‘Discrimination’ and the Age Profile of Covid-19 Fatalities

  Donald J. Boudreaux  The ongoing debate over Covid-19 policies spawns many surprises. Among those that cause me to scratch my head most thoroughly is the claim that, for policymaking purposes, the steep age profile of Covid-19 fatalities ought to be ignored. The age profile of these fatalities is indeed steep. According to the CDC, as […]

Make No Mistake: Programmable Digital Currencies Are Weaponizable Money

Make No Mistake: Programmable Digital Currencies Are Weaponizable Money

Peter C. Earle  . Earlier this year, China began to roll out a project that had long been in the works––a digital version of its currency, the yuan, is now being used in four Chinese cities. The Chinese government sees two major potential benefits to the experiment: a tangible challenge to the U.S. dollar’s global ubiquity, and […]

Lockdowns and the Natural Order

Lockdowns and the Natural Order

Ethan Yang  The year is 1535 and Saint Thomas More is on trial for high treason for refusing to acknowledge the legitimacy of King Henry VIII in an ongoing feud with the Catholic Church. More posed a now-famous question to the jury that roughly goes as follows:  “Some men say the earth is flat. Some men say the […]

Lockdown, Labor Laws, and the Digital Economy

Lockdown, Labor Laws, and the Digital Economy

Ethan Yang  It doesn’t take a background in economics or public policy to know that the economy is changing and so too is the future of work. Covid-19 and the lockdowns that followed have accelerated society’s transition to the digital economy while highlighting the gross incompetencies that are inherent to our current regulatory apparatus. During […]

Pathogens in One Lesson, Courtesy of Sunetra Gupta

Pathogens in One Lesson, Courtesy of Sunetra Gupta

Jeffrey A. Tucker . Early last year, it became obvious that knowledge about viruses and society – we need urgently to think differently about this subject! – would remain at a premium for a while. It would be difficult to write about terrible policies without some capacity for countering disease panic.  This was because the […]

Where’s Dr. Fauci As Another Corona-Myth Dies?

Where’s Dr. Fauci As Another Corona-Myth Dies?

John Tamny  For over a year well-to-do Americans have quite literally been “quarantining” packages shipped to them,  and that were dropped off at their residences by “science-denying” untouchables who lacked the means to similarly “shelter-in-place.” The package-terrified have usually waited 48 hours before handling said box and contents.   What about the Clorox wipes that were […]

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