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Volume 23, Issue 6: February 9, 2021

By Angelo M. Codevilla (American Greatness, 1/26/21)
Because America couldn’t be kept in lockdown forever, the ruling class has eased up on pandemic restrictions and started claiming that the trajectory of the coronavirus’s spread is unalterable. By adopting this logic, these political and media oligarchs can no longer blame the pandemic on the Trump administration. READ MORE »

Infectious Diseases and Government Growth
By Nathan P. Goodman, Christopher J. Coyne, Abigail Devereaux


By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 1/18/21)
Amidst last year’s riots across the country and last month’s rebellion at the U.S. Capitol, university presidents have spoken up in fierce condemnation. Although the sentiments of such pronouncements are often unobjectionable, there’s no clear and compelling reason for school dons to make pronouncements on non-collegiate issues, especially because they can’t speak for all members of the campus community. READ MORE »



By Art Carden (American Institute for Economic Research, 2/1/21)
In a host of esteemed books including Crisis and Leviathan and Depression, War, and Cold War, Robert Higgs has combined careful analytical thinking with a realistic understanding of government power. He has never shied away from calling the state exactly what it is: an organization that gets what it wants by threats and violence. READ MORE »



By Ivan Eland (The American Conservative, 1/30/21)
Big Tech companies have loads of business contracts with the U.S. government and its foreign counterparts. While these contracts can bring in huge and reliable streams of revenue, they invite a slew of regulations and other conditions that can transform the commercial nature of any business, rendering it less creative and innovative. READ MORE »



By Alvaro Vargas Llosa (Fortune, 1/27/21)
Europe is finding it harder than other parts of the world to deal with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This difficulty stems from the European Union’s rigid and outdated labyrinth of tax, fiscal, regulatory, and social welfare policies and will likely worsen as a result of Brexit. READ MORE »





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