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Volume 24, Issue 26: July 8, 2021

By Victor Davis Hanson (American Greatness)
Our adversaries can’t quite believe their good fortune. Had they thought up ways to divide and impoverish America, and to entrench the most effective critics of America in America—not in Beijing, Moscow, Pyongyang, or Tehran—they could not have improved on what has happened in 2020-21, the era of our collective meltdown. READ MORE »

By K. Lloyd Billingsley (The Epoch Times)
Chinese scientist Xiangguo Qiu transferred deadly pathogens from Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Dr. Qiu and her husband Keding Cheng were dismissed from the NML in 2019 and journalists are now unable to locate them. Those bombshell revelations are finally getting traction, but they may have overshadowed a story with key lessons about China’s Communist dictatorship and its relations with Canada. READ MORE »

By Gary M. Galles (
The contrast between the few prohibitions necessary to liberty and the panoply of prohibitions that the collectivists of the past have wanted to impose was already stark. But then came COVID-19, and the number of restrictions progressives desired, and still desire, to impose grew exponentially. Not only do we need to oppose further inroads into our self-ownership; we must also roll back what should never have rolled over us in the first place. READ MORE »

In All Fairness
Equality, Liberty, and the Quest for Human Dignity
Edited by Robert M. Whaples, Michael C. Munger, Christopher J. Coyne

By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes)
An aging population, low levels of economic growth, high levels of indebtedness—these are attributes of contemporary America. So are our extremely high healthcare costs. University provision of both medical education and medical care will be part of the solution—but only after much needed reform. READ MORE »

By Raymond J. March (AIER)
With nearly half of Americans taking at least one prescription medication, delivering safe and effective drugs in a timely manner is a vital part of the US healthcare system. One of the great lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that we can accomplish much without the regulatory oversight drugs often receive. And some are hoping this lesson changes the drug approval process permanently. READ MORE »

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