A Comedy of Comity

There was an interesting piece in the Washington Post the other day. Denmark appears to have beaten covid-19 — for now. Here’s how it did it.Michael Bang Petersen & Alexander Bor, Washington Post, Sep. 20 The lede is: “For the most part, Danes avoided blaming and shaming their fellow citizens.” That’s more than a lede:…

DR Strikes Again

It’s been a mantra of the pro-choice movement for as long as I can remember: “My body, my choice.” It’s a good illustration of how our different perceptions of reality make communication so difficult. Someone who believes every fetus is just a “clump of cells,” for example, will of course believe that the person in…

Genies, Camels, and Toothpaste

Toward the end of August, Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke announced that Covid-19 would lose its standing as a public health emergency (in Danish, a “samfundskritisk sygdom”). The Health Ministry’s press release was headlined “The government will not extend the classification of covid-19 as a public health emergency in Denmark.” A TV2 article about the…

Bill de Blasio bars covid-negative New Yorkers from society

There are a lot of questions we ought to be considering with respect to governments coercing their citizens to inject medicine into their bodies. The questions come from every angle: legal, moral, ethical, philosophical, medical, social, spiritual, metaphysical—lots of questions, very few answers. But all those questions are quickly being mooted by facts on the…

How do you solve a problem like Cuomo?

The big story in American politics right now is the release of a report from the New York Attorney General’s office concluding, among other things, “that the Governor engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law.” That governor would of course be one Andrew Cuomo, son of former New York…

A Good Day for Big Brother

Friends of Big Brother rejoice! First: good news! According to DR, Twitter is partnering with AP and Reuters to improve their ability to enforce the narrative in real time: According to Twitter, the two news bureaus will contribute to trustworthy information about central topics and events being accessible while they happen. This will be especially…

1000 Words

The Post makes a pretty strong case with very few words: Given Americans’ general innumeracy, and their apparent amnesia (it was “two weeks to flatten the curve” back in March of 2020), this is probably a much more powerful bit of pro-liberty counter-propaganda than any amount of reasoned arguments. I’d humbly note, however, that asking…

What’s News

While down in the the west (see yesterday’s post) I bundled up a whole bunch of stuff I wanted to deal with on this blog. Maybe I’ll get to some of it and maybe I won’t in the days ahead, but it won’t be today. Because an article published on Berlingske yesterday demands my attention…

Use Mascara!

It was a refreshing three weeks of vacation. I’m tanned, rested, and ready for whatever the rest of this year wants to throw at us. (If the rest of the year is listening, that was not intended as a challenge.) We spent two weeks down in the Algarve, sunning ourselves in the Portuguese sun and…

Forgiveness & Responsibility

NOTE: AmerikanskeTilstande will be on vacation for the rest of July. Posts will be published, but on a much more sporadic basis. I always said there’d be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done. Actually that was Kenny Rogers. What I said (and wrote) repeatedly was that whenever we reached the end of the…