Applying Public Choice Theory to the Pressure for Vaccinations

A staff member at Hamilton Park Nursing and Rehabilitation receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease vaccine from Walgreens Pharmacist Craig Brandt in Brooklyn, N.Y., January 4, 2021. (Yuki Iwamura/Reuters)

Back in 1983, economics professor Bruce Yandle argued that much of what goes on in government can be explained as the collaboration of “Baptists” and “Bootleggers.” That is, those who want a certain policy because they believe it to be ethically right and those who know they’ll make money from it.

In this AIER essay, Max Borders applies Yandle’s analysis to the current demand by so many government officials that everyone get the COVID vaccine.

A slice: “Fauci, President Biden, and all the MSM sentinels are the moralists in this equation, that is, if Prof. Yandle will permit a not-so-bright line between moralism and savior complex. They want to be known as the ones who beat the pandemic. One might even say Fauci has been planning for this his whole career. Now he graces us with his presence daily on SAHM programs such as The View, basking in the lamps, reminding us to wear our masks and get our vaccines.”

Read the whole thing.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.