9/11, the Financial Crisis, and Now Coronavirus

Before we launch into the long, grim coronavirus discussion on today’s Reason Roundtable podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch offer some remembrances of the great anti-war libertarian Jon Basil Utley, who passed away this Friday after living one hell of a life. The Reason family offers condolences to Utley’s family, and gratitude for having known and worked with such a sweet and tireless friend of liberty.

For the rest of the show, the gang (including Peter Suderman) spend a lot of time probing the forgotten policymaking lessons that should have been learned after the previous two catastrophes of the 21st century: 9/11 and the financial crisis of 2008. Are we overreacting? Is there any meaningful cost-benefit analysis being done on the impact of shutting down whole swaths of the economy? Are politicians stuffing must-pass bills with special-interest giveaways and ideological hobby horses? Some questions probably answer themselves…

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Music credit: ‘Open The Box’ by Geographer.

Relevant links from the show:

Return to the Gulag,” by Reason Staff

Is National Shelter-In-Place Coming Soon?” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

We Will Regret Not Taking the Economic Effects of Mass Quarantine More Seriously,” by Nick Gillespie

With COVID-19, That Which Is Not Forbidden Is Mandatory—and Subsidized,” by J.D. Tuccille

The Prison Coronavirus Disaster Everybody Warned About Is Unfolding in New York City,” by Scott Shackford

Sen. Rand Paul Tests Positive for the Coronavirus,” by Scott Shackford

‘It’s a Very Large Package’: Coronavirus Stimulus Plan Now Costs More Than $1 Trillion,” by Billy Binion

Justice Department Reportedly Asks Congress for Indefinite Detention Powers To Fight Coronavirus,” by Eric Boehm

States Can’t Shut Down Non-Essential Businesses Without Harming Essential Ones,” by Eric Boehm

Shuttering Farmers Markets Over COVID-19 Is Stupid, Dangerous, and Counterproductive,” by Baylen Linnekin

Our Best Weapon Against Coronavirus Is To Test Everybody,” by Ronald Bailey

Cocktail Delivery Isn’t Just for Pandemics,” by Billy Binion

What Economic Analyses of Past Pandemics Can Tell Us About the COVID-19 Aftermath,” by Brian Doherty

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