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May 10, 2020

No Lockdowns: The Terrifying Polio Pandemic of 1949-52

Many people infected with polio don’t show any symptoms. Some become temporarily paralyzed; for others, it’s permanent. In 1952, the…

May 4, 2020

Elvis Was King, Ike Was President, and 116,000 Americans Died in a Pandemic

The year was 1957.  Elvis’s new movie “Jailhouse Rock” was packing the theaters. The last episode of “I Love Lucy”…

May 1, 2020

Woodstock Occurred in the Middle of a Pandemic

In my lifetime, there was another deadly flu epidemic in the United States. The flu spread from Hong Kong to…

April 28, 2020

“I’ve Lost Faith in Humanity”: The Psychological Toll of the Lockdown

We have heretofore lived our lives with the presumption that we possess the inalienable right to choose. We are self-governors,…

April 24, 2020

There Will Be Blowback, In Mostly Good Ways

Two months ago, it had been mandatory in my local grocery to use only shopping bags brought from home. Plastic…

April 24, 2020

An Egregious Statistical Horror Story Suffused with Incense and Lugubrious Accents

With the latest reports of plummeting death rates from all causes, this crisis is over. The pandemic of doom erupted…

April 24, 2020

The World Will Backlash, In Mostly Good Ways

Two months ago, it had been mandatory in my local grocery to use only shopping bags brought from home. Plastic…

April 19, 2020

That Time Jesus Was Quarantined

Most of us didn’t realize, until very recently, what a remarkable stain is put upon a person (or whole people)…

April 16, 2020

Well, That Unraveled Fast

Thinking back to February 28, 2020, and the New England Journal of Medicine. It published an article called “Covid-19 —…

April 15, 2020

Virtual Seminars on the World Crisis (Video)

I’ve been busy almost daily with talks on the continuing crisis in our economic lives. There is so much to…