The mistake of lockdowns: never again

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In 1968, the third flu pandemic of the 20th century killed at least one million people worldwide (100,000 just in the US), half of them under 65. However, it is seldom remembered, because, although sensible measures were taken such as wearing masks on public transport, ensuring better hand hygiene and avoiding gatherings, no government locked …

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Fear as an instrument of power

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The terrible drip of death and suffering we have experienced with the pandemic has created a collective trauma aggravated by the cruel lockdown and depressing hammering of media sensationalism, which has created a distorted image of SARS-CoV-2. Likewise, some specialists’ opinions have translated into unnecessary levels of uncertainty by discrediting, with excessive empiricism, that which …

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Lockdowns as totalitarian experiments

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In countries freer than ours, criticism is growing of this shortsighted and panicked reaction called lockdown, with its brutal social and economic consequences and whose long-term health effectiveness is beginning to be called into question. In the words of Stanford biology professor and Nobel laureate Michael Levitt, “there is no doubt in my mind what …

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State of emergency or dictatorship?

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Spain is the country with the highest coronavirus mortality in the world, adjusted by population: 547 “official” deaths per million people (including the new figures from Madrid and Catalonia regions published yesterday), as compared to 358 in Italy, 263 in France, 202 in the United Kingdom, 86 in the USA, 62 in Portugal, 46 in …

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Could Spain end up like Venezuela?

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Venezuela is a tragedy as much as it is a warning. A warning of how a once-rich country can end up oppressed and impoverished by radical socialism and communism (how many more examples will we need?), of how a people can destroy itself deceived by the promises of demagogues and of how a democracy can …

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Psychopaths, political power and the rule of law

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In order to preserve our freedom, it is not enough to vote from time to time. As Aristotle warned us more than two millennia ago, democracies degenerate into tyrannies because of “the unscrupulousness of despicable demagogues”, who appear like mushrooms in autumn in declining societies, and because citizens conform and forget that power always poses …

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The massive failure of Communism

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I keep engraved in my memory memories of my trip to the Soviet Union in 1983: the fear of the people, the oppressive police presence, the empty shelves in the shops, the desperate black street market and the central lanes of some Moscow avenues reserved for the ZiL limousines of the leaders of the Communist …

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