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Fauci Emails, States Re-Opening, & the Legacy of COVID-19 Lockdowns | Graham Walker & Philip Magness
Posted: Mon. June 28, 2021, 7:49pm PT

What were the most telling revelations from the recent Fauci email dump? What is motivating many states to begin fully re-opening this summer? Are these decisions really scientifically-based or are there political calculations at work as well? Will people drop the masks or not—and why? And, what will be the long-term effects of the COVID-19 shutdowns on American society?

In this Lighthouse Briefing video, Dr. Magness is interviewed by Independent Institute Executive Director Dr. Graham H. Walker. They discuss how Dr. Magness was one of the first to point out the dubious scientific nature of the original COVID-19 modeling—especially the models coming from Dr. Neil Ferguson's team at the Imperial College of London—whose apocalyptic but vastly erroneous predictions of mass death influenced world leaders en masse to shut down society in their countries.

Dr. Magness has also shown how stringent shutdown orders have not correlated to the positive public health outcomes that were intended nor have they been popular among constituents. In this regard, please see below his article in the "Wall Street Journal" titled “Case for Mask Mandate Rests on Bad Data,” as well as his article, “The Origins and Political Persistence of the COVID-19 Shutdowns,” (co-authored by Dr. Peter Earle) in the Spring 2021 issue of the Independent Institute's quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, The Independent Review (part of our larger Symposium on “Virus and Leviathan: Public Health and Policy in a Free Society”).


“Imperial College Predicted Catastrophe in Every Country on Earth. Then the Models Failed,” by Philip Magness (AIER, May 5, 2021)

“The Origins and Political Persistence of the COVID-19 Shutdowns,” by Philip Magness and Peter Earle (The Independent Review, Spring 2021)

“Case for Mask Mandate Rests on Bad Data,” by Philip Magness (Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2020)

“A Pandemic of Misinformation: The media’s politicization of Covid has proved deadly and puts Americans’ freedoms at risk,” by Scott Atlas (Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2020)

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