Our regulatory state is failing us, antibodies edition

It might be the next best thing to a coronavirus vaccine. Scientists have devised a way to use the antibody-rich blood plasma of COVID-19 survivors for an upper-arm injection that they say could inoculate people against the virus for months. Using technology that’s been proven effective in preventing other diseases such as hepatitis A, the […]

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What is the future of the intellectual right?

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  I suggest it will take three major forms, namely anti-China, pro-internet as a communications medium (as an offset to left-wing media), and dislike of the Left, most of all the latter.  Note these are predictions rather than normative claims about what should happen.  Here is one […]

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Too many autistic adults are denied basic rights

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt: Some of the very worst treatment of the vulnerable is hardly being discussed. There is an entire category of American adults being denied almost all of their basic legal rights: to hold a job, choose a residence, determine their health care, enter […]

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Fight the Virus! Please.

One of the most confounding aspects of the pandemic has been Congress’s unwillingness or inability to spend to fight the virus. As I said in the LA Times: If an invader rained missiles down on cities across the United States killing thousands of people, we would fight back. Yet despite spending trillions on unemployment insurance […]

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Rereading Ayn Rand on the New Left

It used to be called The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, but the later title was Return on the Primitive.  It was published in 1971, but sometimes drawn from slightly earlier essays.  I wondered if a revisit might shed light on the current day, and here is what I learned: 1. “The New Left is […]

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Excess deaths are down — below average — for those younger than eighteen

In the United States that is, link here, photo here: In other words, lockdown and shelter at home have limited some of the otherwise risky activities that young people engage in.  Excess deaths more generally seem to have reached a normal range, albeit at the upper end of that range: I wouldn’t want to call […]

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Thursday assorted links

1. Thor Heyderdahl vindicated (NYT). 2. Just a bit more distancing and Sweden suddenly fell to 17 deaths per week? 3. Heterogeneities in who is most vulnerable, amazing data set (NYT).  Original research is here. 4. Ross Douthat thread on free speech and coalitions. 5. They are solving for the equilibrium: “NYPD limits retirement applications […]

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