Matthew Lesh

Matthew Lesh

Australia's COVID Catch-22

Australia's COVID Catch-22

Last year Australia was a COVID-19 success story. Just 30,274 cases and 910 deaths in 26 million people was something to celebrate. But now America and Europe are getting on with vaccinations and learning how to live with the virus. Australia is faltering with embarrassingly few vaccinations and new

Matthew Lesh
Matthew Lesh
Australia
The End of Pestilence

The End of Pestilence

Humanity had a vaccine that prevented COVID-19 in January last year. What we did not have was a regulatory system to facilitate rapid assessment of its safety and efficacy or the capacity to manufacture and inoculate at scale. COVID-19 subsequently caused immense human suffering: over 2.5 million deaths and

Matthew Lesh
Matthew Lesh
COVID-19
The Father of Capitalism and the Abolition of Slavery

The Father of Capitalism and the Abolition of Slavery

It has become a common trope that slavery and the slave trade is responsible for the industrial revolution, if not our entire modern prosperity. Slavery is often called capitalism’s “dark side.” A recent column in the Guardian claimed the slave trade “heralded the age of capitalism” and Guardian columnist

Matthew Lesh
Matthew Lesh
Adam Smith
The Moral Panic Behind Internet Regulation

The Moral Panic Behind Internet Regulation

This is a contribution to “Who Controls the Platform?”—a multi-part Quillette series. Submissions related to this series may be directed to pitch@quillette.com. In the present era of growing polarization, one thing that people from across the political spectrum now agree on is their dislike of Big Tech.

Matthew Lesh
Matthew Lesh
Europe
Politics and the Practice of Warm-Heartedness

Politics and the Practice of Warm-Heartedness

A review of Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America From the Culture of Contempt by Arthur C. Brooks. Broadside e-books (March 2019). “While politics is like the weather, ideas are like the climate,” Arthur Brooks explains. “However, even a climate scientist has to think about the weather

Matthew Lesh
Matthew Lesh
American Enterprise Institute
Is Safetyism Destroying a Generation?

Is Safetyism Destroying a Generation?

A review of The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, Penguin Press (September 4, 2018) 352 pages. In recent years behaviours on university campuses have created widespread unease. Safe spaces, trigger warnings,

Matthew Lesh
Matthew Lesh
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