I gave a public lecture at Virginia Commonwealth University, and it’s up on YouTube here. Bear in mind it was midnight my time… surreal but enjoyable experience.
In this talk I argue for these five claims:
- Several common arguments for lockdowns fail
- Many actual lockdowns have been unjustified and wrong: other measures would have been better
- Globally, lockdowns shift the burden of disease from the powerful and wealthy to the less powerful and poor
- The global preference for lockdowns is due to their favoring the interests of the rich and powerful
- Optional extra: the favoring of lockdowns by the “left” and rejection by the “right” has nothing to do with their intrinsic character: they are as much right as left and vice versa