GMU Econ alum Emily Chamlee-Wright, writing in the Wall Street Journal, draws lessons for today from what we’ve learned from the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. A slice:

This Katrina lesson is relevant today: Once government occupies civil society with top-down control, it will tend to overpolice and stay too long. Few officials want to risk lifting the lockdown orders, lest they face public scrutiny if something goes wrong. The result is systematic overcaution, which expands government control.

Alberto Mingardi takes sharp aim at George Monbiot and many others of that ilk who lazily rely on wacky nostrums.

Alex Tabarrok reports on a new and truly fascinating paper by Stephen Clowney.

This essay by Kevin Williamson is loaded with insight.

Jeffrey Tucker is right to warn of the psychological damage being spread by the lockdown.

I share Richard Rahn’s objections to the heavy-handedness of the economic lockdown. And consult also Nick Gillespie.

George Selgin has diminished David Henderson’s fear that much inflation is on the horizon.

Arnold Kling understandably and rightly asks why there is so little public outrage about the covid-19-inspired rationing of medical care.


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