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Volume 22, Issue 15: April 14, 2020

By R. David Ranson (Independent Institute Executive Summary, 4/8/20)
After state governments lift their mandatory economic shutdowns, the nation’s total economic output will likely return to its pre-crisis growth rate as businesses and consumers make up for lost time. Although GDP growth will quickly recover, Americans will emerge from the crisis with a larger and more authoritarian central government. READ MORE »

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 4/7/20)
In the midst of the coronavirus onslaught, healthcare rationing of scarce medical resources literally means deciding who will live and who will die. Healthcare workers tend to prioritize patients who make the greatest contribution to the welfare of others, and most people behind a veil of ignorance would choose to do the same. READ MORE »

By K. Lloyd Billingsley (The Daily Caller, 4/13/20)
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tasks something called the Epidemic Intelligence Service with keeping epidemics out of the United States. Although EIS officers in China failed to prevent the coronavirus from arriving on American soil, the program has escaped attention from the establishment media and from Congress. READ MORE »

By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 4/1/20)
How can America’s colleges and universities, already suffering a loss of public confidence and now facing new major challenges posed by the novel coronavirus, improve their educational product to attract students and serve society without spending more money? One way is for them to end the great scourge afflicting higher education: grade inflation. READ MORE »

By William J. Watkins Jr. (Abbeville Institute, 3/30/20)
Traditionalist conservative Richard Weaver challenged people to forsake the creature comforts of technological advancement and to relish the strenuous life of a non-materialistic era. Sixty-two years after the publication of Ideas Have Consequences, the southern scholar’s best-known work, the coronavirus panic might bring about the kind of societal renewal that Weaver envisioned. READ MORE »

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