This week’s Open Thread.
Philippe Lemoine – The Case against Lockdowns. I don’t agree with all of it (e.g., Ctrl-F for “centralized quarantine” shows zero hits and in retrospect, that and masks really seem to be key). But I have long since started to oppose lockdowns. If you’re not fundamentally serious about or incapable of suppressing Corona or even about rushing out vaccines in a timely manner, then you shouldn’t get in people’s way.
Noah Carl (RT) – Two Georgetown academics have been CANCELLED because of a Zoom call. One talked about black students’ grades. The other nodded. One scenario in which I don’t mind people getting fired during an SJW hysteria is when the victims are apologetic about it. “Interestingly, both cancelled academics were resolutely contrite about the incident”. Cowardice must be punished.
Atlas Obscura – The Brutal Bull-and-Bear Fights of 19th-Century California. (Spoiler: The bears won).
Paul Krugman – Competitiveness: A Dangerous Obsession. Oldie but goodie. Krugman has since gone into TDS/ideologue mode, but his Peddling Prosperity was one of the books that influenced me early on.