The Looking Forward Podcast

Looking Forward Episode 83: Trump’s COVID: Halo or Catastrophe?

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7 October 2020

Trump has tested positive for COVID-19 less than one month before the US election. What will this mean for the politics surrounding the upcoming election and could this revelation play for or against Trump’s faltering campaign? (1:59-21:45)

Trump has also received a kind of ‘cocktail’ of medication in response to contracting the virus, not all of which is available to the common American citizen. In the spirit of Right to Try, should this accelerate clinician’s access to beneficial drugs rather than just waiting for a vaccine? And are lockups and the wait for a vaccine just making people’s health worse? (21:45-35:59)

We discuss last night’s budget and our sudden emergence as a big-State social democratic country with a small state low(er) tax revenue base. Will this Keynesian but pro-business budget lift us out of recession, or is it time to look at productivity? (36:00-50:31)

Culture picks this week include Musical label, Cryo Chamber; Aeschylus’ play, The Eumenides; and a two-part TV series by Billy Ray, The Comey Rule. (51:29-1:04:21)


Show notes:

“Effect of calcifediol (Vitamin D treatment; M Castillo, et al

Is it wrong if I ask for the same?; Tyler Cowen

Donald Trump takes zinc. Maybe you should too; Allysia Finley

Why Human Challenge Trials Will Be Necessary to Get a Coronavirus Vaccine; Alex Tabarrok

All the president’s medicine: How doctors are treating Donald Trump; Sascha Pezenik, Sony Salzman and Dr. Divya Chhabra

Debt To Hit $2.05 Trillion, 60 Years To Pay Off; IPA

Debt To Hit $2.05 Trillion, 60 Years To Pay Off


Culture Picks:

Musical label, Cryo Chamber

Play, The Eumenides, written by Aeschylus

‘Ah, how miserable! Three New Oresteias’; Emily Wilson, LRB

TV series by Billy Ray, The Comey Rule

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Scott Hargreaves

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