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Volume 22, Issue 51: December 22, 2020

By Raymond J. March (, 12/15/20)
Nearly eleven months elapsed between the day Moderna designed its vaccine for COVID-19 and the day the Food and Drug Administration issued its Emergency Use Authorization. Unfortunately, the FDA’s sluggishness in approving life-saving medication is nothing new even during a public health crisis. READ MORE »

By John C. Goodman
Governments have shown themselves inept at helping people manage the risks of modern life, such as outliving one’s assets, becoming unemployed and finding no market for one’s skills, and being unable to afford medical care for a major health event. In New Way to Care: Social Protections that Put Families First, economist and policy entrepreneur John C. Goodman (“The father of Health Savings Accounts”—The Wall Street Journal) offers real solutions for making families more secure, for repairing the holes in numerous safety-net programs, and for stanching the fiscal bleeding that threatens the pocketbooks of future generations. LEARN MORE »

By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 12/17/20)
The late African American country singer Charley Pride called the nation’s race-consciousness “a disease.” Nowhere is the obsession with what he called “colors and pigments” more evident than on college campuses, where a senior administrator tasked with promoting diversity can earn a salary that could easily have covered tuition for multiple students from historically disadvantaged groups. READ MORE »

By Art Carden (American Institute for Economic Research, 12/18/20)
Although 2020 has wrought much havoc, by historical standards it’s still pretty much the best time to be alive, even in the face of a pandemic that induced policymakers to wreck the global economy. Pick any century prior to the present, and you’ll easily find greater setbacks to liberty and well-being. READ MORE »

Infectious Diseases and Government Growth
By Nathan P. Goodman et al.

Reviewed by Robert M. Whaples (The Independent Review, Fall 2020)
In Land of Hope, historian of liberty Wilfred M. McClay aims to inspire readers with a portrait of American political history unmarred by the distortions of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. Rich with pithy and penetrating insights, McClay is careful to see the best arguments of all sides and never loses sight of what’s worth celebrating and cherishing in the American achievement. READ MORE »

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