July 2020 ISSUE

The Danger of Benevolent Paternalism: Socialization and the Role of Government

By Gina Miller Johnson

From the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been calls from the American public for federal and state governments to combat the spread of the virus. These calls may seem quite innocuous and unsurprising, but they represent a dangerous trend in U.S. culture....

How Can Economists Help?

By Michael L. Davis

Russ Roberts claims that if someone asks whether he's a doctor, he tells them "yes, but not the kind that helps people." That's not true; Russ has helped me a lot. I've been a regular listener of Econtalk for many years. I can't tell you how many books I've read after ...

Appealing to Empathy to Overcome Polarization

By Arnold Kling

When 66 million Democrats and 69 million Republicans lost their empathy toward each other, lack of civility, loathing and anger erupted, resulting in a partisan power struggle with no brakes or constraint that has been eroding the guardrails of our democracy. ...

A “Hodgepodge” of State-Based COVID-19 Rules May be Just What the Doctor Ordered

By Richard B. McKenzie

At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, only seven states—Arkansas, Iowa, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming—had resisted statewide stay-at-home or lockdown regulations to contain the virus (a new strain of coronavirus disease). Even though those stat...

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