Last semester, during the COVID-19 lockdown, I took a pro seminar titled the Moral Dimensions of Harm. We were a small group which allowed for dynamic discussions despite Zoom constraints. In countering COVID-19, Austria locked down early, and restrictions were tight. Being outside of your home was only permitted for essential work, to buy food, … Continue reading French fries and freedom
Yesterday in a great op-ed piece in Die Presse, Christian Ortner examined COVID 19 the economic stimulus packages and asked the provocative question: What’s the difference between a talented counterfeiter and the European Central Bank? According to Ortner, not much. In 2020 economic output in the eurozone has fallen by 7-8% and the ECB has … Continue reading Hyperinflation around the corner?
Recently an article by Gudula Walterskirchen in the Austrian daily Die Presse about evidence based policy making (EBPM) caught my eye. EBPM has been kicking around since the 1980s. Essentially it is the idea that policy decisions should be based on comprehensive, meticulously established, objective evidence as opposed to intuition, ideology, or common sense. It … Continue reading Can EBPM work?
As we move out of the shutdown here in Austria, people are turning facemasks into fashion statements. I couldn’t find a mask to fit my style until I found the DEVO – Energy Dome Personal Protection Equipment Kit. Devo already knew back in 1980 what to do when a problem comes along: You must whip … Continue reading COVID 19? Just Whip It!