By John Tamny What better way to begin a review of what is an excellent book than to say that the book’s author always knew. It’s as simple as that. Jeffrey Tucker knew in March of 2020 that tragic times were ahead. I remember it vividly. In February of 2020 witless headline writers were trying in vain to tie a falling stock market to a coronavirus that investors had been … [Read more...] about Book Review: Jeffrey Tucker’s Thoroughly Excellent ‘Liberty or Lockdown’
Lockdowns Recreated a Pre-Modern Caste System
By Jeffrey A. Tucker If you test positive or refuse to be tested at all in New Zealand, prepare to be shipped out to a quarantine camp recently established by the government. Shocking, yes, but we have an analogous system in the US. If you test positive (which is not the same as actually being sick), you will be removed from school or forbidden from coming into the office. … [Read more...] about Lockdowns Recreated a Pre-Modern Caste System
The New Feudalism
By Jeffrey A. Tucker On February 28, the idea of locking down and smashing economies and human rights the world over was unthinkable to most of us but lustily imagined by intellectuals hoping to conduct a new social/political experiment. On that day, New York Times reporter Donald McNeil released a shocking article: To Take On the Coronavirus, Go Medieval on It. He was … [Read more...] about The New Feudalism
An Attempted Media Sandbag: My Experience
By Jeffrey A. Tucker I’ve got a day job but try to fit in podcasts and television when possible. I don’t always pay super close attention to what’s coming up on the agenda. So the day I sat down for a quick interview on a Turkish TV show, which turned out to be partisan state-run TV, I figured I would be on for a few minutes. And, call me irresponsible, but I didn’t even … [Read more...] about An Attempted Media Sandbag: My Experience
Broadway Closed but Porcfest Stayed Open
By Jeffrey A. Tucker It was the 17th year for the Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New Hampshire, held at the Rogers Campground. It was an unusually spirited, emotional, and powerful gathering this time, mostly because it took place in defiance of the fear-based culture that politicians and the media have been spreading for months. Hey, if Woodstock could take place … [Read more...] about Broadway Closed but Porcfest Stayed Open
The 2007 Origins of Forced School Closings and Mandatory Human Separation
By Jeffrey A. Tucker The idea of a full lockdown of society in the event of a pandemic first emerged as an extremist proposal in 2006, issued by a computer scientist as part of George W. Bush’s preparations for biowarfare. It provoked a fierce response by the world’s leading epidemiologist Donald Henderson and his colleagues. That proposal, issued by Robert Glass under the … [Read more...] about The 2007 Origins of Forced School Closings and Mandatory Human Separation
Top Ten Economic Trends This Year and Next
By Jeffrey A. Tucker It’s been a remarkable year in economics. Here are my personal picks for the top ten economic trends of this year and next. 1. The Chinese model of political economy is under pressure. Two years ago, there was a growing consensus that China had it right: free enterprise with totalitarian political control. Matters of changed. The protests in Hong … [Read more...] about Top Ten Economic Trends This Year and Next
One Hundred Exhortations: Why We Hate Airports
By Jeffrey A. Tucker Not for at least six months or so had I been in an airport. It was my choice. The trains are just too wonderful: no scans, solid internet at no extra charge, large seats, glorious scenery. There is a nice code of etiquette that emerges organically from passengers; it’s not piped in over loudspeakers. You get one announcement at each stop and nothing … [Read more...] about One Hundred Exhortations: Why We Hate Airports
What Vexes Small Business More than Taxes and Regulations?
By Jeffrey A. Tucker The latest survey of small business contains a surprise. Or maybe it is not a surprise if you are or know a small business owner. Over the last six years, the concerns of taxes and regulations are being eclipsed by a new number-one concern: the lack of quality in the workforce. Now, what does quality in staffing mean? It could mean skills. In the … [Read more...] about What Vexes Small Business More than Taxes and Regulations?
More Force Won’t Fix the American Diet
By Jeffrey A. Tucker Two nutritionists (Dariush Mozaffarian and Dan Glickman) have sounded the alarm about the American diet, saying bluntly what most of us know intuitively to be true: Americans are sick — much sicker than many realize. More than 100 million adults — almost half the entire adult population — have pre-diabetes or diabetes. Cardiovascular disease afflicts … [Read more...] about More Force Won’t Fix the American Diet
Is It Obvious Yet That Tariffs Injure Americans?
By Jeffrey A. Tucker For years now, competent commentators have tried to explain that tariffs do no one any good (on net). They are taxes. They increase business costs. They force businesses to cough up to the government for no particular reason. They don’t work to open economies. They sow seeds of distrust. They invite retaliation thus ruining export markets in addition to … [Read more...] about Is It Obvious Yet That Tariffs Injure Americans?
The Hidden Reason the Primary Debates Seem Extra Crazy This Year
By Jeffrey A. Tucker This is a remarkable story of how the best-laid plans produced results that no one anticipated, with profound consequences for the Democratic Party. For many viewers in television land, the spectacle has been bizarre. The 20 or so contenders for the Democratic nomination have not only become outlandishly left-wing (“Left vs. Crazy Left,” as Kimberley … [Read more...] about The Hidden Reason the Primary Debates Seem Extra Crazy This Year