Friday Hodgepodge

Friday, June 26, 2020

Wanting an image for freedom, I was mildly surprised that I didn't see an American flag among the results until the 75th image. (Image by Isabella and Louisa Fischer, via Unsplash, license.)
Notable Commentary for May and June, Part I

"We must get back to work, back to living, as well and as quickly as possible, while continuing to observe reasonable precautionary measures." -- Quent and Linda Cordair, in "Going Back to Work, No Matter What" at The Napa Valley Register.

"[T]he actual excess cancer death toll could be considerably higher." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Delayed Cancer Care Due to Covid-19 Could Cost Thousands of Lives" at Forbes.

"Objective infectious-disease laws would put individuals on notice that they are free to act as long as they do nothing known to threaten the freedom of others to live without dangerous infection." -- Ben Bayer, in "We Can Maintain a Free Society While Effectively Addressing Pandemics" at The Orange County Register.

"This [lockdown] approach ... treats people as sort of a single body or blob where it is okay to cut off one part of the blob to save the rest of the blob." -- Raymond Niles, in "Needed: Millions of Individual Experiments" at The American Institute for Economic Research.

"Like the darkened lights of North Korea, America endures unpredictable 'rolling shortages' while Canada largely has been able to maintain the availability of goods during this coronavirus emergency, albeit at higher prices in many cases." -- Raymond Niles, in "Why No Shortages in Canada as Compared with the U.S.?" at The American Institute for Economic Research.

"Longer-term, laws must be eliminated that create unnecessary encounters with the police." -- Raymond Niles, in "Individualism Is the Answer" at The American Institute for Economic Research.

"Physicians and policymakers must respect that different people will be willing to risk exposure for different things; such pluralism is at the heart of a liberal society." -- Amesh Adalja, in "Protest? Visit Grandma? The Pandemic's Next Phase Means Weighing Risks and Values." at The Washington Post.

"The U.S. literally cannot survive many more months of an economic freeze." -- Don Watkins, in "The Harsh Truth About COVID-19" at Medium.

"More to the point, you should know this as well: I will be, to quote William Lloyd Garrison, as 'harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice' when it comes to defending the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights." -- C. Bradley Thompson, in "The Rise and Fall of the Pajama-Boy Nietzscheans" at The American Mind.

"Two narratives from opposite ends of the political spectrum shed light on the peculiar reaction to Gates's forward-thinking philanthropy." -- Elan Journo, in "The Curious Attacks on Bill Gates" at Areo Magazine.

-- CAV

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