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Joseph Cox holds a degree in Intellectual History from Univ. of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Financial Analysis.

He is the author of a number of books on related to policy. The City on the ... more


E Coronavirus: Let's Move On
In recent weeks, it seems there has been a disturbing trend: an effort to play up coronavirus danger in order to score political points.
E Empowering America
The business of philosophy suffers from a lack of real-world perspective.
E Brutality, Riots And A Way Forward
Sometimes there is a news item that crosses all the barriers. As such, the coronavirus has become central to every discussion, from foreign policy to economics.
E The Road To A Post-Corona Boom (Foreign Policy) - Part 3
What the US lacks is a clear foreign policy objective.
E The Road To A Post-Corona Boom (Healthcare) - Part 2
The great paradox of healthcare is that profit has made it an obligation.
E The Road To A Post-Corona Boom - Part 1
As we look at the massive unemployment brought on by the coronavirus, the economic displacement gives us an opportunity to trigger an economic boom within our own borders.


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Coronavirus: Let's Move On
2 days ago

Remember, a *lot* of people died in this community. They had very little notion of how to treat it at the time (they are getting better). This was the hardest hit group in the country.

As I saw one person from the community say: "We had Kiddush (kind of a communal ritual get together that happens once a week or more), we said Kaddish (the prayer for the dead) and now we've moved on."

Coronavirus: Let's Move On
2 days ago

If you slowly infect people over an extended period of time, 6 months immunity isn't terribly useful.

*However*, if you expose everybody and continue to allow exposure then it could be extremely useful since re-exposure could easily extend immunity while limiting the ability of the virus to do much to those with partial immunity.

In other words, you'd have a walking 6 month immunity which would seriously dent the virus' ability to widely spread in the community again.

Coronavirus: Let's Move On
2 days ago

They don't seem to have done formal studies, but the informal suggest >55% previous infection.

Coronavirus: Let's Move On
2 days ago

They didn't just "let" it run rampant. The call to shutdown was after Purim. It can be hard for modern Americans to imagine the concentration of people in these communities. But mass community events are the norm on a daily basis.

The following is a photo of a daily prayer service:

This is the male side of a wedding:

This is a Purim party:

Then add in 10-15 people per 3 bedroom apartment.

Once something gets in, it gets everywhere in a hurry.

And, yes, it ought to be studied like nobody's business.

Coronavirus: Let's Move On
2 days ago

It isn't the city as a whole, it is just the ultra-Orthodox community in that city. And, yes, we ought to be studying the heck out of it.

Coronavirus: Let's Move On
3 days ago

A fascinating article on actual herd immunity - if the virus is weakening or if we're getting better at treating it then this might be a more reasonable path...

Coronavirus: Let's Move On
3 days ago

It my first analysis I tried to look at life-years lost. It reflects the impact of unemployment etc... on younger populations more appropriately.

Coronavirus: Let's Move On
4 days ago

Many fewer people died here, but I doubt the explanation is simply lockdowns. There seem to be significant genetic components, for example. East Asians seem to be less affected, Europeans more so. Source:

Interestingly, in the US, by and large the places that didn't locked down hard didn't necessarily get hit hard. NY had 166 deaths/100,000. Michigan 62, Maryland 54. They locked down hard. By contrast, Georgia is at 27, Florida is at 17, Texas at 9 and Wyoming at 3. Source:

The news has been waiting for mass death in these states for months but it still hasn't come.

The WSJ has a great article showing this on a simple plot (

Coronavirus: Let's Move On
4 days ago

Sure. But what event leads to a sudden realization in global debt and monetary markets that this is reality? When do we see 122 trillion in debt and unfunded obligations and go "oh, really."

The French Revolution was partially powered by debt. The government could hold a massive amount of debt, but then a tipping point was reached and it all fell apart.

A tipping point would not only be bad for America, it would be very bad for the world.

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