Perhaps the most idiotic aspect of all the rules and guidance documents governments have made, disseminated, and enforced in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic is the common underlying assumption that dealing with the disease is the only thing that matters.
Imagine you’re a professor somewhere. You here rumors of the creation of a new Office of Student Property Security. “Whatever,” you think. Yet before long, you’re summoned to a brand-new mandatory training session run by certified officers of Student Property Security. At this session (in-person back in the old days; now Zoom of course), they give you a tortoise-paced 90-minute Powerpoint presentation on the student property crisis and the appropriate faculty response. And the whole spiel can be readily summarized in a single commandment: “Don’t pickpocket your students.” To me, such a training session would be insulting, pointless, and unhinged.
Episode 408 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the obligation that social media companies have to ensure US election integrity; the manipulative and abusive practices that are gay conversion therapy from the right and body conversion therapy from the left; and the conclusion to the Wizard’s Rules mini-series with Wizard’s Fourteenth Rule: “In this world, everyone must die. None of us has any choice in that. Our choice is how we wish to live.”
Friends of freedom routinely defend the right to do wrong. “If you’re only free to do good things, what freedom do you really have?” Yet on reflection, this sorely underrates the value of freedom. Yes, the freedom to do bad things is important. Much more important, though, is the freedom to do good things that sound bad.
Episode 398 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the maintenance of the n-word (nigga, nigger) with and by the black community; why tolerance is not abiding the presence of people you agree with; when there have ever been “adults in the room” at the White House, he wonders; and continuation of the Wizard’s Rules mini-series, Wizard’s Thirteenth Rule: “There have always been those who hate, and there always will be.”
Episode 392 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: his status as a racist rapist according to racial wokeness and radical feminism; why socialism, or anything besides free market capitalism, is a form of slavery; continuation of the Wizard’s Rules mini-series, Wizard’s Twelfth Rule: “You can destroy those who speak the truth, but you cannot destroy the truth itself.”
A few months ago, Mike Huemer published a pithy defense of business in general, and big corporations in particular. Since I’ve made similar arguments in the past, my admiration for Mike’s essay is no surprise. Yet as I read, counter-examples and complexities sprang to mind. When is business unresponsive? When is government responsive? And why?
Most research on the economics of discrimination focuses on race and gender, but Becker’s framework works equally well for political bigotry.
Parents face a mixed bag of innovation, regulation, and tyrannical invasions.
Unwanted bureaucracy steals your time as surely as taxation steals your money. Bureaucracy and taxation usually go together.