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Am I a Cold-hearted Utilitarian?

(Don Boudreaux) TweetHere’s a letter to a long-time reader of Café Hayek: B___: You’re correct that I believe that a pathogen, such as SARS-CoV-2, that kills mostly old people poses a less-serious threat to humanity than does one that kills an equal number of young people, or one that kills an equal number of people indiscriminately. You’re correct also that I believe that a pathogen that kills mostly old people should be...

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Some Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux) TweetPhil Magness exposes the gross inaccuracies, and the deceits, committed by Neil Ferguson and his fellow reckless Imperial College ‘modelers.’ Two slices: As it turns out though, Ferguson and the Imperial College team were being less than truthful in their attempts to dissociate themselves from Sweden’s observed outcomes. In the weeks following the release of their well-known US and UK projections,...

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Some Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux) TweetHere’s the text of Scott Atlas’s February 2021 speech at Hillsdale College. A slice: I have been shocked at the unprecedented exertion of power by the government since last March—issuing unilateral decrees, ordering the closure of businesses, churches, and schools, restricting personal movement, mandating behavior, and suspending indefinitely basic freedoms. Second, I was and remain stunned—almost...

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Scott Winship on the Latest from American Compass

(Don Boudreaux) TweetOren Cass’s outfit, American Compass, continues to dispense economically uninformed analyses of the American economy, all in an effort to pave the way for Cass and other nationalist-conservatives to impose on the rest of us their vision of what outcomes the economy should achieve. Scott Winship has done a deep dive into American Compass’s latest effort – this one on inequality – and he is not impressed...

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Ad Hominem Is a Fallacy, Not an Argument

(Don Boudreaux) TweetIn my latest column for AIER, I argue against ad hominem argumentation. A slice: An even weaker argument against the Great Barrington Declaration is the observation that some people associated with AIER say, write, or tweet some things that other people find to be beyond the pale. I don’t wish here to assess, and much less to defend, everything ever said or written by everyone affiliated with AIER....

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Some Covid Links

(Don Boudreaux) TweetJay Bhattacharya was a recent guest on the Tom Woods Show. Jeffrey Tucker is impressed with Sunetra Gupta’s 2013 book, Pandemics: Our Fears and the Facts. A slice from Tucker’s essay: Dr. Gupta, I suspect, wrote this book to familiarize readers with the normalcy of pathogens, and to explain why it is not likely that an entirely new and deadly disease will arrive to wipe out large swaths of the human race....