Brownstone Category

September 12, 2021

Lockdowns Codified a Caste System

The use of the term “frontline” as an adjective dates only from 1915. The application was military. In the Great…

September 12, 2021

The Polio Pandemic of 1949-52: No Closures, No Restrictions

World War II had ended four years earlier and the U.S. was trying to return to peace and prosperity. Price…

September 9, 2021

Science Denied: The Biden Vaccine Mandate

President Biden has decided to go hard on the virus. No more Mr. Nice Guy. Sadly for him, those tiny…

September 8, 2021

The Trauma of Our Lives and What To Do about It: Review and Interview with Gigi Foster

The number one obligation of any intellectual or concerned citizen today is to make sense of the last year and…

September 5, 2021

The Fall of Intellectual Heroism

Professor Noam Chomsky has always been for me something of an intellectual hero, and not because I agreed with all…

September 2, 2021

Racial Segregation and Vaccine Passports: Ominous Parallels

There are periods in American history when a scientifically based frenzy sweeps all other considerations before it. Values like equality,…

August 29, 2021

The World Health Organization Oversold the Vaccine and Deprecated Natural Immunity

A strange feature of rhetoric during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic that came to public notice in early 2020 was the odd…

August 27, 2021

Supreme Court Finally Curbs CDC’s Total Power

It took a year and a half but the deed is finally done. In a 6-3 decision, the highest court…

August 25, 2021

Plexiglass Nation

This past weekend I traveled around a bit, hopping from place to place, getting to know the new America. As…

August 19, 2021

Intellectual Courage Is as Essential as it Is Rare

These two years have felt like the “worst of times,” in Dickens’ phrase, but the 20th century saw other terrible…