Morning Jolt: The Problems with Restoring Lockdowns

On the menu today: a long look at a call for the restoration of the sweeping lockdowns of the spring, including the call for vastly expanded police powers; the continued unwillingness to restrict protests; the cost in lost lives from enacting a sweeping lockdown; and the long-gone presumption of good faith in these discussions.

Here It Comes: the Call for the Restoration of the Spring's Sweeping Lockdowns

John Barry is a smart guy and not crazy, so when he writes in the New York Times, "the pandemic could get much, much worse," we should sit up and take notice. (Then again, a man who spent years of his life researching the 1918 influenza pandemic might be habitually inclined to contemplate the worst-case scenario, as the great influenza was about as bad as it gets. To clarify, the pandemic itself was as bad as it gets; Barry's The Great Influenza is about as good as it gets.)

But I found Barry's op-ed a little frustrating. Early on, he approvingly points to "Australia ...

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The Problems with Restoring Lockdowns

On the menu today: a long look at a call for the restoration of the sweeping lockdowns of the spring, including the call for vastly expanded police powers; the continued unwillingness to restrict protests; the cost in lost lives from enacting a sweeping lockdown; and the long-gone presumption of good faith in these discussions.

Here It Comes: the Call for the Restoration of the Spring's Sweeping Lockdowns

John Barry is a smart guy and not crazy, so when he writes in the New York Times, "the pandemic could get much, much worse," we should sit up and take notice. (Then again, a man who spent years of his life researching the 1918 influenza pandemic might be habitually inclined to contemplate the worst-case scenario, as the great influenza was about as bad as it gets. To clarify, the pandemic itself was as bad as it gets; Barry's The Great Influenza is about as good as it gets.)

But I found Barry's op-ed a little frustrating. Early on, he approvingly points to "Australia ...   READ MORE

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