We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Cafe Hayek piece should surprise no one that has any critical thinking skills. Testing and death rates were both useless as they mandated too many cycles and they changed the cause of death definitions. Changing definitions is a classical Marxist methodology to get the results needed by any means necessary.
I guess I would ask this: COVID deaths have been portrayed many different ways during the pandemic, in much the same way as COVID test results have often been the product of different procedures, some contested as prone to false results. I don't trust any of the reporting at this point, not at face value.
In the matter of deaths, my question is this: However they have been presented, how has the data been captured by the doctor / coroner / medical examiner? Has anything changed with the process of populating the medical database as a consequence of the pandemic emergency?
Is the reporting we have seen a product of querying the more recent COVID data in a different way? In other words, when the full database is queried in a different way, can deaths with COVID be discriminated from deaths because of COVID? If this isn't possible, then it calls into question why the data would be compromised during entry when it had never been before and provides a road map to investigate.
I'm naturally skeptical of anything the government puts out. Like the classical fish/water problem, government workers are overwhelmingly the sort of people who prefer working for the government while people working in the private sector are the sort of people who prefer working in the private sector. I rather suspect if you were to take a survey among people asking them if we have too much government, the right amount of government, or too little government, the results would be just what you ought to think it would be - government workers think we need more government, private sector workers think we need less government. And yet government workers would all believe themselves to be fair and impartial and not at all biased. It's merely coincidental that so many government workers are Democrats.
Boudreaux: The undisputed fact is that the CDC changed rules for causation on death certificates in March 2020, so now we have no idea whatsoever whether the 713,000 deaths reported to date were deaths because OF Covid or just incidentally were departures from this mortal world WITH Covid.