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The Fractal Pandemic

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 2 About a week ago, I sent out the first part of this roundup, noting how the Black Lives Matter protests destroyed the public messaging on the coronavirus pandemic, sending us into a new world where a large portion of the population will be ignoring all precautions against the virus. Some of […]

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The Quarantine Is Over. (The Pandemic Isn’t.)

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 1 After the past week, it seems like hardly anybody is talking about the coronavirus pandemic any more—which is a very good reason to talk about it. A few weeks ago, a lot of people on the right and in the so-called “red states”—the whole Fox News-watching demographic—decided to act as if […]

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Hard Cases Make Bad Protests

Race Riot Roundup Because 2020 hasn’t been bad enough already, now we can add race riots to the list of plagues descending upon us to punish us for our sins. The violence of the last week, which reached a peak of intensity this weekend, has been confusing and has confused origins. So let me try […]

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The Ideas Primary

Five Things You Need to Read Today Editor’s Note: Check out a long and interesting podcast I did a few days ago with a couple of libertarians who were interested in discussing nationalist conservatism, the Enlightenment, and the nature of reason. I knew I had no choice but to do this podcast when I heard […]

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You Will Never Be #MAGA Enough

Fox News Channel has been cancelled. It is pretty obvious that Fox News has done more to boost Donald Trump and carry water for him than any other institution. But that isn’t enough to save them. Only the most unblinkingly slavish devotion, with never a hint of even accidental criticism, will do. And so the […]

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Smart Reopening

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 3 How can you be smart in a “dumb reopening“? When the state and local government lockdowns were first announced, I referred to Stein’s Law: “If something cannot go on forever, it won’t.” The lockdowns can’t go on forever, so they’re already being lifted, partially and piecemeal. But as I warned in […]

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“Dumb Reopening”

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 2 I ended the previous installment of this roundup by defining the right basic question: What is the nature of the problem we’re confronting, how does it work, and how do we solve it? First, since we are awash in misinformation about coronavirus, I want to direct you to some good sources. […]

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Everything You Don’t Need to Know About Coronavirus

Coronavirus Roundup, Part 1 This is the first installment of what will be a two-part coronavirus roundup. The second part will be loaded with facts and practical advice for the period or re-opening that is just starting, but in this first part, I want to revisit some of the philosophical issues, because there have been […]

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Blind Because We Have Eyes

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished With a lot of ordinary commerce limited by the coronavirus threat, at least we have companies like Amazon to fall back on, demonstrating how the flexibility and innovation of a capitalist economy can help get us through a crisis. So naturally, a […]

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Butterfield Epidemiology

We all knew this was going to happen. At the very beginning of our vast national social-distancing experiment, we said that we would know it was working if it all seemed like an overreaction. This is the great paradox of any preventive measure. If it works, it prevents the danger that makes it necessary—which, in […]

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