The 9th Circuit has, in effect, created a subsidy for being homeless, which often is the outcome of multiple choices. And if homeless people lack, as some of their advocates seem to say, volition in controlling their behavior, they lack the capacity to care for themselves, and could be involuntarily committed to institutions.

Homelessness involves political choices that courts are ill-suited to make. And it is a subject concerning which public health institutions can further ruin the reputations they damaged during the pandemic.

The meddlesome Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends social distancing in homeless shelters, warns that clearing encampments of the homeless will “break connections with service providers” and should not occur unless “individual housing units” are provided. The CDC is the 9th Circuit of public health institutions. But, then, the 9th Circuit seems to fancy itself a public health policymaker, sweepingly removing choices from local governments.

GMU Econ alum Paul Mueller warns of “ESG puppeteers.”

Arnold Kling ponders conservative (and progressive) divisions.

Juliette Sellgren talks with GMU Econ alum Byron Carson about his new book on the challenges of controlling malaria.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is not impressed with the move to censor TikTok.

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger is interviewed about former Wikipedia CEO – and current NPR chief – Katherine Maher.