By Jeffrey A. Tucker

Bill and Melinda Gates donated $500 million to pro-lockdown efforts around the world since the beginning of the pandemic. In an interview with the New York Times, Melinda Gates seems to suggest that the pandemic, not the lockdowns, is to blame for the economic devastation.

In a wide-ranging interview in the New York Times, Melinda Gates made the following remarkable statement: “What did surprise us is we hadn’t really thought through the economic impacts.” A cynic might observe that one is disinclined to think much about matters than do not affect one personally.

It’s a maddening statement, to be sure, as if “economics” is somehow a peripheral concern to the rest of human life and public health. The larger context of the interview reveals the statement to be even more confused. She is somehow under the impression that it is the pandemic and not the lockdowns…