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Richard W. Rahn

Richard W. Rahn

Richard W. Rahn is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth.

Articles by Richard W. Rahn

Illustration on social media oligopoly by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

'You are not allowed to read this'

Do you have freedom of speech if you have no means of distributing your ideas to large numbers of others? Published January 11, 2021

Illustration on when the pandemic will be over by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When will the COVID-19 pandemic be over?

The pandemic will be over when the U.S. reaches herd immunity. Herd immunity is the level of individual immunity where the spread of the disease from person to person becomes unlikely, and results in the whole community becoming protected, even those who are not immune. Published December 28, 2020

Illustration on the state of the world in 2020 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

2020 has been horrible, but it could have been worse

Approximately one-tenth of 1% of the population of the U.S. has died as a result of the COVID-19 virus -- which is a great tragedy -- but by historical standards it is barely measurable. Published December 21, 2020

Illustration on Walter Williams by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remembering the remarkable Walter E. Williams

Four decades ago, I had an extraordinary piece of good luck -- I became friends with the great Walter E. Williams, who passed away last week at age 84. Published December 7, 2020

FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Moderna Inc., said Monday, Nov. 16, its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Let the COVID-19 vaccine wars begin

Scientists have done what was thought to be impossible and that is to produce COVID-19 vaccines in a matter of months. But now the real battles begin. Published November 23, 2020

Voter polling is overrated illustration by The Washington Times

Why polling is not rocket science

If you were pro-Trump and had been told for the last several years by the mainstream media that Trump supporters are stupid, racist, bigoted, homophobes, etc. when poll-takers asked for your opinion, are you going to tell them the truth? Published November 9, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Plumbers Local Union No. 27 training center, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Erie, Pa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden presidency bad for media business and America

Most of the mainstream media, by being so far in the tank for Joe Biden, have now put themselves in the position that if he is elected and fails, they are going to suffer even lower reputations. Published October 12, 2020

Illustration on the financial base of BLM by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Follow the rioters' money trail to stop the chaos

A number of major American companies and rich individuals have funded Black Lives Matter and groups affiliated with them. Some of this money has almost certainly been laundered to fund the violent activities of some of the rioters. Published September 28, 2020

Endless revisionism about COVID-19 illustration by The Washington Times

What do we really know about COVID-19?

Bad data cause bad conclusions which cause bad decisions. The medical, political and media classes have much to be embarrassed about when it comes to their statements about COVID-19. Published September 7, 2020