Why the hysteria?

Breaking News from the Age:

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC No new local COVID-19 cases as calls grow for mass vaccination centres to be fast-tracked 

Victoria has recorded no new local cases of coronavirus for the 38th day in a row as calls grow for the government to fast-track mass vaccination centres.

Seriously, what’s the rush? As in: Can We Trust America’s COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Statistics_ – Global ResearchGlobal Research

“Why Vaccine Passports Equal Slavery Forever”

Naomi Wolf!

AND NOW THIS AS WELL: From CNN “Expert” – Government should give you freedom only if you get the COVID vaccine

This is what Naomi Wolf is worrying about.

CNN host Chris Cuomo interviewed George Washington University Public Health Policy Professor Laura Wen.

The interview was most illuminating, and it looks like she hopes the current administration will maximize connections between vaccination status to the resumption of life in a post-pandemic world. It’s clear to them that the vaccine is the ticket to pre-pandemic life….and the window to do that is really narrowing. You were mentioning, Chris, about how all these states were reopening.

They are reopening at 100 percent….and we have a very narrow window to tie reopening policy to vaccination status. Because, otherwise, if everything is reopen, then what’s the carrot going to be? How are we going to incentivize people to actually get the vaccine?

So that’s why I think the CDC and the Biden administration needs to come out a lot bolder and say, “If you’re vaccinated, you can do all these things…here’s all these freedoms that you have.” Because, otherwise, people are going to go out and enjoy those freedoms anyway.” [emphasis added]

Nazis [Canadian division] are not welcome here

And this is the same story from Ezra Levant via Small Dead Animals.

“A beautifully crafted and eminently fair review”

I’ve just written a book review for the eh.net website which I would not normally mention except that it attracted this comment from Tom Humphrey, one of the great historians of economics writing today:

A beautifully crafted and eminently fair review by Steve Kates. He takes a strong stand. But he does so in a spirit that few scholars could object to even if they disagree with him. In overall quality and readability his review rises far above the level of the average review. Wish all reviews could be so good. Nothing is as helpful and valuable as a good book review, if done right. Reviewing is an un- and under-appreciated art.

This is how my review begins:

There was a time that one might have said that economic theory was comprised of a series of concepts that help explain the way communities provision themselves and became more prosperous over time. Economic theory as it developed came in the wake of the pamphleteers of more ancient days who saw the world around them and thought there had to be a better way of getting things done. They therefore wrote polemical accounts aimed at addressing various problems as they saw them, to try to persuade others to take up the approaches they were attempting to advocate.

Meanwhile, almost from out of nowhere came the Industrial Revolution. It was not a consequence of Adam Smith having written his Wealth of Nations. The two just appeared on the scene at roughly the same time, and some — observing the world they were living in, while also reading Smith’s account of how economies worked — came to the conclusion that there was some actual theoretical knowledge that might assist in the improvement of the way in which economies grew and prospered. That is how we came to have the classical school first, and then the major critiques of the socialist writers, with Marx and Sismondi among the most significant.

The classical economists observed the world, saw the tremendous growth in output and living standards and, correctly in my view, came to the conclusion that it was the role of private entrepreneurs that had made the difference. Within the community, if it were designed in a way that allowed individuals to pursue their own best interests as they saw them, there would be a rearrangement of productive forces in response to where the greatest return on investments would occur. Output rose, innovations occurred, and as a direct result living-standards rose. It may appear to many of us looking back on those times that the social costs were immense, but many of those who were living at the time were content that England should exchange its “green and pleasant land” for a highly productive economic structure that allowed many individuals to move forward in what they could earn and in the range and quantity of the goods and services they could buy.

But the costs were high, and memories were short. Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor, which he began in 1849 as an investigative journalist and which was finally published in 1861-62, brought the tremendous social costs into the limelight (Mayhew 1985). He was hardly the first to do so, but Mayhew’s work stands out as a depiction of the burdens that had befallen the newly formed proletariats of the industrial age. It was the appearance not just of poverty, which had till then been universal, that mattered, but the agglomeration of entire industrial suburbs that focused attention on the world as it had become. Dark satanic mills had become the way of the world.

What also was new in the world at the time was the business cycle, the periodic ebb and flow of economic activity which came at such a tremendous cost to the working classes. It was one thing to be mired in poverty. It was another thing entirely to find that the low wages upon which individuals depended would suddenly disappear, and for reasons utterly beyond the control of the workers themselves, indeed beyond the control of anyone. And while there was no denying the spectacular growth not just in the volume of output but in the assortment of goods and services that came into existence, there was also disquiet at the disruptions and harm that could be visited on individuals and their families because of the disruptions in their working lives.

And while this overview of the years of the Industrial Revolution is part of the background knowledge of every economist, the need for a means to account for how the industrial world operated was required as well as some means to control the forces that had been let loose upon the world. There was the positive side that came in terms of production. But there was the negative side that came in relation to the polluted cities that had sprung up and the uncertainties that had become embedded within the lives of so many individuals. And this is where the history of economic thought comes into the story.

Economists are the inheritors of the latest manifestations of the theory of the economy that more or less satisfies most of the profession. There are now theories of such astonishing abstraction that it is almost impossible any longer to look into what economists believe they know and truly understand how the economic world is structured or what can and should be changed to improve the operation of the productive aspects of our economies.

If you would like to read the rest, you can go here.

Lost generation

The Fearless Girl statue in Federation Square, a copy of the New York original by Kristen Visbal, is a symbol of the kind of strength and resilience we are seeing from Australian girls.

The photo above is from this story, Girls are flexing their power and they have plenty to teach their mums, with this the caption beneath the photo.

The Fearless Girl statue in Federation Square, a copy of the New York original by Kristen Visbal, is a symbol of the kind of strength and resilience we are seeing from Australian girls.

And this is the photo of the New York original, from which you can only deduce that this “fearless girl” is a complete fool. No one, male or female, would stand in the way of a rampaging bull.

So this is what this mother writes about her daughter’s generation.

Even before the national outrage triggered by the 5000 disclosures of past assaults committed on school-aged girls , this mob of girls was showing us they are less passive and prone to please than previous generations (many of us) were trained to be…. Every generation wants things to be better for their children, she says. How truly uplifting to see girls currently doing this for themselves.

What, exactly are these girls currently doing for themselves? When I was a lad, by the time we were in our late teens, or the early twenties at the latest, we were all – boys and girls alike – searching for someone to marry and have children with. Most did and some didn’t, but that was what boy-girl relations was about. What is it about today? If it’s still not about finding someone to marry and have children with, there are a lot of young people around who have no idea what will give them true satisfaction with life.

Or so it seems to me. Happy to hear otherwise but I will not be easy to convince.

“It’s never gonna end”

From Mark Steyn on Canada lock-up policy where the video is found:

As to the imprisonment of fully vaccinated Covid-negative populations, see, of all places, the CBC:

Chuck Ferkranus, a resident of a home in Newmarket, Ont., said no one in the building has COVID-19 and yet residents are stuck in their rooms. Ferkranus, who challenged those in authority to live as he does for even a week, said residents are being treated worse than criminals. “We did nothing wrong; we’re not guilty of any crime,” he said. “If vaccinations don’t end the rules, if no one having COVID doesn’t end the restrictions, then what does it take before this comes to an end?”

In the sense of a return to the pre-Covid world, it’s never gonna end.

And if you want to see the specific quote from Justin Trudeau on The Great Reset and Covid, see below. The really loopy bits start at around 2:00 minutes in.

The Liberal Party in Canada is now the equivalent of the ALP in Australia. Many (most?) Western governments around the world are now in the hands of totalitarians, but nice totalitarians.

“I’m sure Grace would agree”

Following up on Is it The Age or The Oz?, the first of the articles was from The Australian: Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews promoted after she made my life hell, says female staffer. They have now rectified their error of leaving out the story on The Australian of the Year – remind me what exactly she did to win the award – by including this today: Grace Tame attacks Scott Morrison for promoting Amanda Stoker. The PM did respond to her, however, trying to teach Ms Tame something about grace and sense:

Mr Morrison said he disagreed with Ms Tame labelling the ministerial reshuffle a “distraction”.

“I wouldn’t share those views. I respect Grace and I once again congratulate her on her strong advocacy on the issues that have been so front of mind but they’ve always been front of mind for people who have been dealing with these issues over generations,” he said.

“There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with each other, but I think we’ve got to find better ways to disagree and this comes and builds from a culture of respect in this country which I’m sure Grace would agree is something we need to continue to build.”

From the comments:

Tame received AOTY for her campaign about letting victims of sexual assault be allowed to speak……”Let her speak” was the campaign slogan. Certainly a worthy message. But she seems to be against Stoker or Arendt being allowed to speak their piece. Why?? Because their views don’t align with hers??

Amanda Stoker obviously worries the left. They have come out so quickly with a personal attack. Suggests she is very good and what I see she certainly is

I’ll back the senator any day against lefty accusations. I think Grace should do more homework before expressing opinions about things she doesnt have all the facts on.

I didn’t realise that the Australian of the Year could have a say in choosing a Cabinet Minister. Enough is enough Grace.

More than enough.