COVID-19 has been and will continue to be the major issue that affects freedom and life across the world.
It was clear from the beginning that There are reasonsHas been slamming Food and Drug Administration obstructionism in vaccines and testing, and opposing lockdowns and the false claims of science behind them. He also warned about increased government power that has nothing to do with curbing this pandemic or other similar ones.
Politicians and journalists continue to politicize every moment of the policy dialogue, while politicians and journalists do it with shame. There are reasonsThe organization has maintained its logic, even if it does let out occasional guttural screamings. As this blog post will show, Reason Foundation’s coverage of COVID-19 is one of many reasons you should give Reason Foundation some tax-deductible money during the annual fundraising Webathon.
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Our COVID-19 coverage can be broken down into many subcategories. Katherine Mangu-Ward’s Webathon post and mine have both highlighted a dozen pandemic stories from the past year. After combing through the top 125 articles from the last year, I have sorted coronavirus material into five major modes. You can take your blood pressure medication and make sure you have a Sudercocktail or Gillespie micro-dose. Then, enjoy the journey down into infuriating memories!
1) Maintaining scientific integrity in a politically charged public health environment. A Jacob Sullum specialty.
* “A New Study Confirms That Reopening Texas ‘100 Percent’ Had No Discernible Impact on COVID-19 Cases or Deaths: Critics said Gov. Jacob Sullum said Greg Abbott’s decision was “extraordinarily hazardous” and that it reflected “Neanderthal thinking.”
* “Even If Requiring People Who Have Recovered From COVID-19 To Be Vaccinated Is Legal, That Doesn’t Mean It Makes Sense: The failure of legal challenges obscures an ongoing scientific debate,” also by Jacob Sullum.
* “An Epidemiologist Confirms That the CDC Director Misrepresented Her Study of Outdoor COVID-19 Transmission: A co-author of the article that Rochelle Walensky cited says outdoor settings probably account for ‘substantially less than 1 percent’ of infections,” by, er, Jacob Sullum.
2) Critiquing the pandemic’s bid for power. J.D. Tuccille!
* “Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Is the Latest Sign of the Presidency Becoming a Monarchy: The presidency has always been inclined to unilateral power—and many Americans like it that way,” by J.D. Tuccille.
* “Michigan Moving To Make ‘Emergency’ COVID-19 Mandates Permanent: Nothing is more permanent than an ’emergency’ mandate,” by Jarrett Skorup.
* “Americans Are in Full Revolt Against Pandemic Lockdowns: Individually and in organized groups, people are pushing back against lockdown orders,” by J.D. Tuccille.
Three) Howling about a disastrous education policy. I think this is where I am.
* “The Equity Mess: Despite their professed goals, Democrats’ pandemic policies have widened disparities between races, classes, and genders,” by Matt Welch.
* “CDC’s New ‘Reopening’ Guidance Will Keep Schools Closed in the Fall: This is what you get when you mix ‘science’ with ‘stakeholders,'” by Matt Welch.
* “San Francisco Schools Renamed the Arts Department Because Acronyms Are a Symptom of White Supremacy: ‘We are prioritizing antiracist arts instruction in our work,'” by Robby Soave.
4) Search for COVID-19 in COVID-19 policies. This is a team effort.
* “Giant New Spending and COVID-19 Relief Bill Also Creates 2 New Museums and a Library, References Dalai Lama Controversy: ‘No responsible legislator should vote for such a thing,’ said Justin Amash (L–Mich.Robby Soave.
* “Biden’s ‘Rescue Plan’ Will Sic the IRS on Anyone Who Earns $600 in the Gig Economy: What does this have to do with the pandemic? Eric Boehm.
* “Biden’s Coronavirus Relief Package Has Almost Nothing to Do With the Coronavirus: The president keeps insisting on the urgency of $1.9 trillion in spending. Peter Suderman says that a lot of this money will be used for non-urgent policy unrelated to the pandemic.
5) Other outrages. Literally, everyone in the staff.
* “He Wouldn’t Wear a Mask on a Bus. His One Thing led to another, and he wound up dying in prison.Brian Doherty writes: “The most minor of offenses can lead to death sentences due to the dangers inherent in prisons and jails.”
* “Until Today, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, and Rochelle Walensky Were All Publicly Opposed to Federal COVID Vaccine Mandates: ‘That’s not the role of the federal government.’ “What happened?” Robby Soave.
* “Cuomo’s New York Is Just Throwing Away Vaccines Rather Than Distributing Them Competently: More than 4,100 people died of COVID-19 yesterday across the country, but some New York medical providers are dumping vaccines instead of putting them in people’s arms,” by Liz Wolfe.
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