The actual experts that built post-war America have retired, died off and left the scene leaving us not with up & coming protégés but instead an elite “expertocracy”
We can now see what Anthony Fauci was saying in private and compare that to what he was saying in public.
Ron DeSantis of Florida came closer to getting COVID policy right than any governor in the country.
I fear that 2020 marked a point of inflection for American citizens with respect to their fundamental beliefs about the tradeoffs between safety and liberty.
Since the core mechanisms for delivering education are undergoing intense examination, now is an excellent time to examine the core curriculum while we’re at it.
Less appreciated than it should be is the fact that government at every level – with no operation of any legislature or really any semblance at all of representative government – assumed micro-level control of our daily lives.
For 30 years, presidents and political leaders of both parties have led us around the fence on the subject of China.
We choose to accept the risk of disease entering the country via illegal immigration. We don’t have to.
Having imagined the mortality attendant to a runaway coronavirus pandemic, have our policy leaders taken the time to also imagine the mortality attendant to a shutdown of the American economy?
Appropriate policy occupies some indeterminable spot on a continuum between taking no special action whatsoever on one extreme and completely stopping all industry, commerce and interpersonal transactions on the other.
We suddenly are aware of the fact that untold numbers of things – things that are absolutely essential to the health of our economy as well as to our very bodies – are manufactured in a totalitarian country that will stick it to us the first time it suits their convenience.
It has been a rough week but here’s the good news. We’ll get through this. And we’ll be smarter and we’ll be stronger for having done so.