Brownstone Category

November 17, 2023

When Nearly All Governments in the World Met Their Match 

What was the fundamental error of the Covid response?  We’ve yet to come to terms with it. It traces to…

November 12, 2023

Flagellantism Is the New Political Ritual 

The old FedEx envelope was clever, a work of art even, optimistic and colorful, signifying speed and progress. What a…

November 11, 2023

The Declaration That Wasn’t Supposed to Happen

It’s been a continuing mystery for three years, at least to me but many others too. In October 2020, in…

November 2, 2023

Anti-Lockdown Goes Mainstream

It’s a shift worth marking. New York Magazine is featuring an article called “COVID Lockdowns Were a Giant Experiment. It…

October 17, 2023

The Shredded Social Contract

This is not about whether there is such a thing as a literal social contract. The phrase has always been…

October 13, 2023

The Triumph of the Apocalyptics

In the course of almost four years, and really dating back a decade and a half, I’ve managed to read…

September 29, 2023

A Pandemic of Lockdown Denialism 

There is an old expression: “Success has a thousand fathers but failure is always an orphan.”  It’s a spin on…

September 27, 2023

Fauci and the CIA: A New Explanation Emerges

Jeremy Farrar’s book from August 2021 is relatively more candid than most accounts of the initial decision to lock down…

September 23, 2023

The Great Demoralization 

On March 6, 2020, the mayor of Austin, Texas, canceled the biggest tech and arts trade show in the world,…

September 15, 2023

Megyn Kelly Asks Trump a Few Hard Questions

One reporter has proven brave enough not to take the deal. The deal is: you can interview Trump provided you…