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This will be my last post for 2022 due to my yearly blogging break. I plan to return on January 9, 2023.

I hope you have a merry Christmas, and a prosperous, happy new year.


"Faith in 'impersonal value' generates a very real threat to the values of real people: the value of a home or a college education or energy to a California resident -- and that of a young woman's right to live her life without fear of an enforced pregnancy." -- Ben Bayer, in "The Dark Roots of the Texas Abortion Ban's Vigilantism" (Medium, 2021)

"f we are injured in an accident, nobody says: you chose to drive and consented to the risks, so you have to live with the consequences and not treat your wounds." -- Ben Bayer, in "If You Value Personal Responsibility, Rethink Abortion" (The Austin American-Statesman)

"y letting Qatar host the World Cup in November, FIFA is helping the regime fund the oppression and torture of its victims." -- Agustina Vergara Cid, in "Qatar's Hosting of the FIFA World Cup Is a Bigger Problem Than You Think" (The Orange County Register)

"Is the question of whether your negotiating partner is, or is not, a thug who quashes dissent by brutal murder something you can just agree to disagree about?" -- Agustina Vergara Cid, in "Saudi Oil Isn't Worth the Betrayal of American Values" (The Orange County Register)

"We should all stand up and defend this great man and our Founders, even the slaveholding ones, who changed history." -- Charlotte Cushman, in "Monticello Goes Woke" (The American Thinker)

"It is very alarming that [Association Montessori International/USA] is succumbing to the ideology that Maria Montessori ran away from during WWII." -- Charlotte Cushman, in "Montessori Organization Debunks Thanksgiving Story" (The American Thinker)

"I would much rather ten physicians be left free to express questionable opinions, rather than unjustly punish one physician for speaking a currently-unpopular truth." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Should We Punish Physicians Who Spread Covid-19 'Misinformation'?" (Forbes)

"There is a separate broader question of the proper role of regulatory agencies in making such policies mandatory that is beyond the scope of this piece." -- Paul Hsieh, in "You Have the Right to Your Radiology Test Results: What You Need to Know" (Forbes)

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"Evolution is still happening in the human population, and can still have important effects in modern medical care!" -- Paul Hsieh, in "Misinformation, Mosquitoes, And Mutations, Oh My!" (Forbes)

"[T]his is a move in the right direction towards reducing government regulatory barriers for health products and services." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Small But Positive Steps Towards Health Deregulation" (Forbes)

"When we turn to Rand's purported nihilism, Weinacht is even worse, for Rand is not a different kind of nihilist, rather she saw herself as combating the growing nihilism in Western culture." -- Robert Mayhew, in Review of Nikolai Chernyshevskii and Ayn Rand: Russian Nihilism Travels to America, by Aaron Weinacht (J Russ Amer Studies 6.1, pp. 163-166, PDF)

"The patents (and other IP rights) that have served as the basis for creating the complex global commercial and information-sharing infrastructure in the modern biopharmaceutical sector ... incentivize[d] research and development ... [and] ... served as the basis for many commercial agreements to expand manufacturing capacity..." -- Adam Mossoff and Amesh Adalja, in "Patents as a Driver of the Unprecedented Biomedical Response to COVID-19" (Inquiry, 59, pp.1-8, PDF)

"In a particularly poignant demonstration of the chilling effect rent control has on new construction, new building permits have collapsed by 82 percent in St. Paul while its twin city of Minneapolis, which has not yet imposed rent control, saw a 68 percent increase in permits for new construction." -- Raymond Niles, in "The Lottery Life: Creating Lucky Housing Winners at the Expense of Everyone Else" (The American Institute for Economic Research)

"Prices only work when they reflect the voluntary assessments of each market participant." -- Raymond Niles, in "End the Gasoline Crisis: Try Motivation by Love, Not Fear" (The American Institute for Economic Research)

"One should never think of gold as going up or down." -- Keith Weiner, in "Buy Gold Because..." (SNB & CHF)

-- CAV

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