Nightcap

  1. The language of taxation Frances Woolley, Worthwhile Canadian Initiative
  2. On feudal exploitation Chris Dillow, Stumbling & Mumbling
  3. A failed experiment John Tierney, City Journal
  4. Edward Van Halen (1955-2020) RIP Irfan Khawaja, Policy of Truth

Nightcap

  1. A very Swedish sort of failure Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
  2. Sraffa was changing the nature of the inquiry” Ajit Sinha, INET
  3. The global cost of lockdown Bhattacharya & Packalen, Spectator
  4. How ’bout some art history of modern Japan? Audrey Clark, S-USIH

Nightcap

  1. The separate worlds of Covid-19 Leah Windsor, Duck of Minerva
  2. Whose freedom? Anti-lockdown protests Dahlia Lithwick, Slate
  3. The glory—and risk—of cities Joel Kotkin, City Journal
  4. Still don’t believe in aliens? Robin Hanson, Overcoming Bias

Nightcap

  1. When do emergency measures turn into dangerous government overreach? Jonathan Wolff, Times Literary Supplement
  2. A philosophy of fear – and a society of scolds Daniel McCarthy, Modern Age
  3. The perils of lockdown living Sayed Kashua, New York Review of Books
  4. It’s time to take UFOs seriously Alexander Wendt (interview), Vox

Nightcap

  1. Parks and privilege in New Jersey (coronavirus) Irfan Khawaja, Policy of Truth
  2. Freedom, lockdown, and COVID-19 Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber
  3. Prudence and pandemics Mark Helprin, Claremont Review of Books
  4. The long shadow of cultural anthropology Jennifer Wilson, the Nation

Nightcap

  1. Catholicism, America, and the fascist temptation James Patterson, Law & Liberty
  2. The greatest financial bailout of all time is underway John Cochrane, Grumpy Economist
  3. Whither the precautionary principle Thomas L. Knapp, The Garrison Center
  4. Steel-manning lockdown socialism Arnold Kling, askblog
  5. What will the political outcome of coronavirus be? Niall Ferguson, Spectator

Grocery shopping in Texas

This past weekend I finally got to go to the grocery store and, like Rick, I was hoping to catch a glimpse of what my neighbors valued.

All of the shelves were fully stocked, except for the toilet paper aisle. Diaper wipes are being limited, too. The grocery store I shop at, H-E-B, actually opens the boxes of diaper wipes and sells the packs in singles. (A box will usually have 6 to 8 packs in it.) I got the maximum number of single packs allowed (2), just in case.

For diapers and wipes, we have a pre-paid automated thing with Amazon, and it has worked smoothly, but we’ve also tried to stock up just in case.

I tend to buy in bulk, so we still don’t need any toilet paper. The last time I bought butt paper was in January, and we’re still pretty stocked. But being a bulk buyer has made me anxious in the grocery store. I don’t like it when some of the stuff I always buy in bulk is being limited because some people want to hoard.

The pasta sauce and pancake mix is mostly gone, too. Texas has the best food and the best amateur cooks in the republic, but when you’ve got 4 or 5 or 6 people crammed into the house all day, ain’t nobody wanna cook.

The surgical masks don’t bother me. I lived in west LA for years (Go Bruins!) and people shopped in those masks all the time. The gloves don’t bother me. The employees are friendly, as usual, but I would have quit. I know some of them feel the same way.