Now isn’t the moment for utopias

The COVID-19 pandemic is a wet market for central planners. But road maps for exiting the crisis are meaningless when there are no perfect or final answers.

This article originally appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 15 April 2020

Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman famously said, “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” As the coronavirus response becomes routine, citizens used to regarding themselves as free are restlessly questioning the length, extent, and logic of their confinement. These are good questions and should be asked. Governments are also asking themselves the same questions and their decisions are neither perfect nor final. Continue reading

Lockdowns will kill people too

There is a tipping point at which suicide, alcoholism, and domestic violence becomes too high a price in an all-out fight against COVID-19.

This article first appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 1 April 2020.

When Greta Thunburg told us “I want you to panic”, she wouldn’t have imagined that on the anniversary of her Davos appearance a deadly new virus would be leaking out from China that would grant her wish.

The world has panicked. Country after country has locked itself down. Economies are sliding into recessionThe governments of democratic countries have assumed draconian powers to tackle the emergency. Wherever COVID-19 has travelled, Chinese Communist Party-style social control has followed close after. We are doubly infected. Continue reading