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On Corona Tracking Apps

Apr 27, 2020

What could go wrong with a government app?

As expected, there is already a massive debate over the merits or otherwise of the new government COVID-19 tracking app that folks can download onto their phones. A major part of the

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Corona Policy: Facts Versus Fear

Apr 26, 2020

Thankfully many experts are asking tough questions and challenging the accepted narrative:

One day when the corona crisis has well and truly passed, there will be plenty of people who will wonder why the whole world went into such a

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Corona: My Government Right or Wrong?

Apr 22, 2020

Good citizenship should not turn into blind support for the state:

In my discussions about the trade-off between virus containment and lockdown measures, I keep getting folks who seem to think that the state can do no wrong. They have

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A Pro-life Take on the Corona Crisis

Apr 21, 2020

There are more than just medical issues to consider in the corona debate:

Sadly, I have already had my fair share of those who somehow think I do not care about human life because I dare to ask questions about

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Corona, Crisis, and Experts

Apr 20, 2020

The experts and their predictions must be carefully assessed – and questioned if need be:

Much of modern life involves relying on various experts. And much of modern life has to do with making predictions about things, offering projections, making

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This is Why You Must Read Thomas Sowell

Apr 19, 2020

Here are 35 terrific quotes from the great Thomas Sowell:

My thesis here is straightforward; You all need to be familiar with the American economist and social commentator Thomas Sowell. The 89-year-old was a Marxist while younger, but is now

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Corona and the Elimination of Risk

Apr 18, 2020

How far should the state go in seeking to eliminate risk?

Life is ALWAYS about trade-offs. When you hop on a skateboard to have a bit of fun, you risk falling off and hurting yourself. When you go to a

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Mandatory Corona Police Powers

Apr 17, 2020

In a matter of hours a proposed voluntary government corona program seems to have become compulsory:

Well, that did not last very long. Just earlier today I posted a piece in which I looked at Australian government proposals to have

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Big Brother and the Corona Wars

Apr 17, 2020

These shocking stories should send shivers up your spines:

Any student of history understands that often the greatest evils that have been committed have been done by those claiming to have the best of intentions. “This is for your good”

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Lies, Damned Lies and Corona Statistics

Apr 16, 2020

We should all keep challenging questionable corona figures and statistics:

The old saying about “lies, damned lies and statistics” is always relevant, especially at a time like this. With governments, politicians and various ‘experts’ throwing around all sorts of statistics

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Our Growing Surveillance State

Apr 14, 2020

More horror stories about the encroaching surveillance state:

It’s a new day. So I must write yet another piece documenting all the frightening cases of government overreach and overkill during the corona crisis. It is now quite easy to offer

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Healthcare, the State, and Liberty

Apr 13, 2020

A few thoughts on the balance between public health and personal freedom:

Exactly five years ago I wrote my first article on vaccinations. I had hoped it would be my last piece – and that for two reasons: I said

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The Latest Cases of Covidiocy

Apr 12, 2020

Sounding the alarm and asking questions during a time of crisis is crucial:

Before proceeding, for the umpteenth time, let me share a few basic truths. Yes, corona is real and dangerous. But statist overreactions, overzealous policing, mass lockdowns and

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Corona and the Rule of Law

Apr 11, 2020

Is the rule of law being weakened during this crisis?

One thing that distinguishes free and democratic societies from thuggish dictatorships is the rule of law. This means, among other things, that the law applies equally to the ruled and

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Corona, the Numbers, and Some Hard Questions

Apr 10, 2020

A close look at corona numbers can be quite shocking:

It is important that we keep asking hard questions about the COVID-19 crisis, including the various figures being tossed around. Let me start by offering the latest corona numbers, according

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The Expansive Corona Police State

Apr 9, 2020

The growing list of statist horror stories should have us all very concerned:

It seems that I must now start a daily list of corona horror stories – not of the disease itself and its impact, but of government overreactions

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Sheep in an Age of Big Brother

Apr 7, 2020

Just as shocking as the rise in Statism is the fact that so many sheeple are readily embracing it:

There is only one thing that worries me more than the reckless and inexcusable abuse of power as Big Brother statism

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