The mRNA Vaccine Makers Got Rich—But Not at the Taxpayers’ Expense
According to one criticism, Moderna and Biontech, the two manufacturers of the mRNA vaccines against Covid-19, have enriched themselves from government subsidies. This is wrong. Without the perseverance of individual researchers and billions in private money, the vaccines would not exist.
Globalization Before and After the Covid-Pandemic: Should There Be a New Normality?
It is not globalization, nor the market economy, nor capitalism that is a danger and should be reformed; it is the policies that might provide the wrong, anti-market response to the pandemic that are the real danger precisely to the growth of prosperity in the world’s poorest countries.
Green Climate Policy: Moralism, Ideology and Dirigisme
The Greens are painting a picture of environmental and climate apocalypse. In this way, they try to moralize the debate and present themselves as the advocates of the good. On closer inspection, their program turns out to be ideological wishful thinking that eschews capitalism and the market economy.
Navigating Crises without a Compass: Politics in the Quicksand of Interventionism
Under the guise of the COVID-19 crisis, attempts are being made to use the crisis for a political agenda that would not have found majority support before. The role of the state is expanding. A new policy approach is necessary to secure prosperity.
The Universal Destination of Goods and Private Property: Is the right to private property only a “second-tier” natural right?
Did the rich get rich by robbing the poor? Theology and Catholic social teaching have long known that wealth generation is not a zero-sum game, but a process from which everyone benefits.
A Brave New World after the COVID-19 Crisis?
The Coronavirus pandemic is a golden age for critics of civilization, moralizers, miracle healers and intellectual crisis profiteers. At last, however, the economy and the market are being talked about in a positive light again—high time, because more than a few politicians are enjoying a permanent state of emergency.
No More Growth—And Happiness Is Just Around The Corner
Critics of growth call for zero growth or even “degrowth”. Their fears are based on economic misconceptions and a failure to recognize the capitalist dynamic of decoupling growth from resource consumption. Moreover, they fail to recognize the needs of poor countries.
The Primacy of Politics and the “Other” Socialism
The “primacy of politics” over the logic of the economy is repeatedly and categorically demanded. Insofar as such efforts undermine the private property-based power of disposition over the means of production, it is the first step in the direction of the “other socialism.”