Quite possibly the most ridiculous example of the politics of fear this year. But this blog is about the virus.
Today’s read is from John Tierney, a contributing editor of City Journal, a contributing science columnist for the New York Times, and coauthor of The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It. Here’s the obligatory tease and a link to the entire column.
In the political response to the Covid-19 pandemic, everything is proceeding just as economist Robert Higgs has foreseen. Higgs sees government, as usual, vastly expanding during the crisis, and he’s sure that it will not shrink back to its former scale once the crisis is over…the greatest problem in politics is what we call the Crisis Crisis—the never-ending series of crises, real or imagined, that are hyped by the media and lead to cures too often worse than the disease.