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COVID-19 and the Planners’ Need to Plan

Big GovernmentBureaucracy and RegulationCalculation and Knowledge

Blog03/26/2020

Despite the fact that the CDC’s formal name includes the word “Prevention” and that its stated goals include various planning buzzwords, its managing of the COVID-19 response has been an unmitigated disaster.

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Politicians Have Used This Crisis to Remind Us They're Mostly Wannabe Dictators

Big GovernmentPolitical Theory

Blog03/26/2020

From small villages to Capitol Hill, politicians are using every opportunity to void the Bill of Rights and abolish all limits on their power.

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More than Half of All US COVID-19 Deaths Occur in Only Four States

Blog03/25/2020

The effects of COVID-19 are not evenly distributed in the United States. Only certain regions are facing sizable strains on their resources. A nationwide lockdown would create huge economic costs for regions where the the costs of disease have been relatively low.

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The Government's Pandemic Strategy Is a Reckless One

Health

Blog03/25/2020

It's time to stop pretending that the policies favored by some biologists—who know nothing about how economies work to lessen the health effects of poverty—come without grave costs to public health.

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Fear Makes It Easy for Governments to Expand Power

Big GovernmentHealthLegal System

Blog03/25/2020

Why are governments so enthusiastic about shutting down businesses when other less draconian measures are available and prudent? The answer lies in the fact that governments can act with near impunity and want to maximize their power.

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The Use of Knowledge in Entrepreneurship

Calculation and KnowledgePrices

Blog03/25/2020

It is a marvel that imperfect, limited information available to the entrepreneur can be used to produce so much good for society. 

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The State Has Seized Many New Powers. It Won't Let Go of Them Easily.

Big GovernmentEconomic Freedom

Blog03/25/2020

The state has used this virus scare to demand that politicians and bureaucrats be given near-total control over every aspect of life, including virtually every business and employer in America. Will this now be a permanent feature of American life?

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COVID-19: The "Experts" Have No Crystal Ball

Media and CultureCalculation and KnowledgePhilosophy and Methodology

Blog03/25/2020

The 2016 election was an important reminder that most experts were totally wrong in their predictions of what would happen. Now the experts are claiming that freedom and markets must be abandoned based on new guesses about the future.

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