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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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Time for the “Shoe-Leather Epidemiologists”

Social distancing has worked—so far. We are past the peak in deaths from COVID-19, both nationally and in most states, though we’ve still got a few weeks before we go down the other side of the curve. It’s natural for people to be restless and to be eager for re-opening. But the question isn’t “Should […]

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Armchair Epidemiologists Versus Shoe-Leather Epidemiologists

Coronavirus Roundup April 25, 2020 Editor’s Note: Check out a videoconference I did earlier this week with the Ayn Rand Centre UK on Atlas Shrugged and the coronavirus. You will also see my new coronavirus-era hair style. I am told that if I tell you it makes me look like Bruce Willis, you will be […]

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The Philosophy of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published April 7 through April 16. Part 1: The Metaphysics of Abnormal Life Part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, like the response to everything else, has been to draft it as another player in our normal, everyday political battles. So we’ve seen the claim that “there are no libertarians in a pandemic,” the […]

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The Plague Year

What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Pandemic Should you panic about COVID-19? That’s a trick question, because it’s too late. All the hand sanitizer and toilet paper (which is somehow necessary for dealing with a pandemic) has already disappeared from the store shelves. Judging from the state of my local Walmart, canned soup […]

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“We’re Going to Face This Virus for Some Time”

An Interview with Amesh Adalja Transcript RWT: This is Salon of the Refused, I’m Rob Tracinski. My guest today is Amesh Adalja, and he’s a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and I’m talking to him about the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the first big question, the sort of overarching question people […]

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Trump’s Diplomacy Is Just Bad Theater

In their “unprecedented” one-on-one summit in Singapore, US President Donald Trump announced that he would suspend joint military operations with South Korea. In return, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un agreed to…um, er, let me check. OK, nothing. He agreed to do nothing in return. Read the “agreement” signed by Trump and Kim as the result […]

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Just “Imagine,” or Trust But Verify?

Five Things You Need to Read Today Here is your latest update, for subscribers only, recommending five stories that are worth catching. 1. Just “Imagine”–or Trust But Verify? So is this peace overture from North Korea for real? Well, maybe. But probably not. North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un has visited South Korea–in itself a first–and […]

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Will Trump Get Played by North Korea? He Just Did

Will Donald Trump join the list of American presidents and diplomats who have been played for suckers by North Korea? It looks like he already has. First, let’s be clear what North Korea’s game is and how the new proposal for a meeting between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un fits into it. The […]

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