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George Leef makes the case for negative voting. Here’s his conclusion:

Last but not least, if Americans could vote against candidates, that might make them more inclined to think about the damage that government does to them, and less about the promises politicians make for supposedly beneficial new laws and programs.

It’s interesting to note that when the United Nations chooses a new secretary general, nations are allowed to vote against candidates they don’t want.

Voters in the United States ought to have the same ability.

And Katherine Mangu-Ward asks sensibly, why can’t Biden and Trump both lose the upcoming election.

On Monday the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences to two American economists at Stanford, 83-year-old Robert B. Wilson and 72-year-old Paul R. Milgrom. The citation was ‘for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.’” – so begins David Henderson’s Wall Street Journal write up on the 2020 Nobel-laureate economists.

AIER reprints, from 2001, this wise warning by Oxford Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology Sunetra Gupta against the misapplication of mathematics.

Andrew Stuttaford surveys some recent reports on the Covid lockdowns.

Scott Lincicome explains that a Covid-19 vaccine depends upon globalization. A slice:

Beyond the sheer size and scope of the U.S. effort, what’s perhaps most striking here is the extent to which the Trump administration jettisoned its economic nationalism in pursuit of a game‐​changing COVID-19 vaccine. Indeed, as shown in the chart below (based our own independent research), each of the vaccines that the United States has secured appears to be heavily reliant on globalization — of investment, manufacturing, testing, and research personnel — to produce the final doses at the absolute maximum speed and scale.

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