CategoryPolicy

Please Mr. President

It is no secret that our current president is, in a way not really seen since men wore top hats, willing to put his own interests ahead of the country. What’s mind-boggling to me is that, with the COVID-19 crisis, the country’s and the president’s interests are almost perfectly aligned and yet the president refuses to, apparently out of some blind adherence to what people say on Fox News, act to...

Current Beliefs About Covid-19

Epistemological status: extremely uncertain. I’m not an epidemiologist and am writing down these thoughts to force myself to think through what I actually think and to memorialize what my thoughts were as of July 27. There are a few things that I believe that are a little bit outside of the current mainstream thought with respect to the COVID-19 crisis. Nothing I’m going to write here...

American Institutions

If you’ve spoken with me in the last few months about public policy in the United States (and, given everything going on in the world, that includes pretty much everyone I’ve spoken with), you’ve probably sensed a rather unpleasant tone of defeatism and exasperation in my voice. I find myself starting lots of sentences with the phrase “if we had functional institutions we could…” and I really...

Against the World Health Organization

During the COVID-19 crisis, World Health Organization (WHO) has failed us in a truly spectacular manner. Throughout the crisis, the WHO has repeatedly published misleading information that has at-best generated confusion that reduces people’s faith in experts and at worst actively driven people to avoid common-sense safety measures. From initially recommending against the obviously common...

Some Facts About the Police

Edit 2020-06-01: Check out Samuel Sinyangwe for more information on what actually does work when it comes to reducing police violence. I, like many others, have been absolutely heartbroken this week after seeing a black man murdered in broad daylight by uniformed police offers, yet again. For obvious reasons, lots of folks are talking about the role of police in our society. In conversations with...