Entries by Barry Brownstein

Weekend Read: The Threat to Liberty is Coming from Inside the House

Estimated Reading Time: 8 minutes

You might be, as I am, alarmed about the future of liberty. How deep are the roots of liberty when so many submit to authoritarian measures in response to COVID, and approve the use of coercion against those less eager to comply? Unable to visualize alternatives, public acceptance of top-down coercive solutions to COVID demonstrates […]

How a Faith in Feelings Can Enslave Your Mind

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes

Editors’ Note: After all the kerfuffle about the Will Smith “slap” at the Oscars, the following essay is of some importance. It also applies to the many political radicals today, whose internal mental issues now seem to form public policy. We see this constantly on our university campuses and now quite frequently in our major […]

It Takes a Village of Bureaucrats to Implement Despotism

Estimated Reading Time: 9 minutes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to a vaccine solution for COVID-19. Bureaucrats at the CDC believe you can’t be trusted to see “critical” data on COVID hospitalizations or the effectiveness of the COVID vaccine boosters; you might “misinterpret” the findings and be less inclined to get vaccinated or boosted. The NewYork Times reports, […]

What An Economist Knows About Crony Vaccines

Estimated Reading Time: 11 minutes

As an economist, my job is not to help you make health decisions about Covid vaccines. Your health history, age, subjective evaluation of risk, and many other factors make recommendations from me meaningless. I can, however, increase your awareness of distortions that lead to poor decision-making. I’m not talking about the most apparent distortion—mandates. Mandates […]

Are We Near the End of the Road to Serfdom? Part 1

Estimated Reading Time: 8 minutes

Recently I was drawn to reread Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. Passages I previously overlooked leaped from the pages as if in bold print, signaling imminent danger to human progress. Hayek’s message never seemed more prescient and timeless: The descent into totalitarianism can happen anywhere. Astonishing progress has been made in the past few centuries. […]

Why There is a Civic and Moral Duty to Oppose Tyrannical Bureaucracies

Estimated Reading Time: 8 minutes

The searing Russian novel Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman is one of the greatest examinations of totalitarianism ever written. Based on his experiences under Stalin, Grossman depicts how humanity withers under tyranny. Grossman’s book is not a dystopian novel, yet few books better teach how force is used to control a population by not only restricting […]

Will the Fed’s “Feelgood” Medicine Cause an Economic Collapse?

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes

Dr. Max Jacobson became known as Dr. Feelgood and “Miracle Max” for treating wealthy celebrities with concoctions, “mixing amphetamines, vitamins, enzymes, tranquilizers, placenta, and anything else that inspired him.” Jacobson’s most famous client was President Kennedy, who became sadly dependent on Jacobson’s “elixirs.” How much speed, narcotics, and other powerful drugs Jacobson injected into Kennedy […]