This week, Eric Kohn, Stephen Barrows, and Dan Hugger discuss the emergence of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19. With so little known about it, are political leaders and public health officials getting too far ahead of themselves? Dr. Anthony Fauci says he “represent[s] science.” When did we come to have such a malformed understanding of the scientific process that we moved into an ideological understanding of science? And how unsurprised should we be that the World Health Organization skipped over the “Xi” variant name? Finally, they discuss Yuval Levin’s recent essay “The changing face of social breakdown.” What’s holding people back from starting their lives? Has the pandemic made these problems worse or just revealed trends already at work? And how can we learn to better deal with our changing world to establish more communion, not just communication?

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Omicron Rises, but Our Fears Should Not | National Review

Fauci: Republican detractors are “criticizing science” | Axios

In Naming Omicron Variant, Authorities Skipped ‘Xi’ and ‘Nu’ | Wall Street Journal

A ‘Simpsons’ Episode Lampooned Chinese Censorship. In Hong Kong, It Vanished. | New York Times

The changing face of social breakdown | The Dispatch

For first time, India’s fertility rate below replacement level | Times of India

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali | B. K. S. Iyengar

National Economic Planning: What Is Left?| Don Lavoie

The Use of Knowledge in Society | Friedrich A. Hayek


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