Who Ya Gonna Call? Government or Ghostbusters?

Episode 59 January 14, 2021

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2020 was an ugly year and so far, 2021 doesn’t look any prettier.

With mass lockdowns still enacted, businesses failing by the hundreds of thousands, rising suicides and drug overdoses, and a pandemic that still has yet to subside, things may seem bleak.

Surprisingly, the 1984 comedy classic “Ghostbusters” can teach us a lot about the situation we’re stuck in and how we can get out of it.

Hint: More government is not the answer.


CREDITS:

Produced by Sean W. Malone
Written by Sean W. Malone
Edited by Arash Ayrom & Sean W. Malone
Asst. Edited by Jason Reinhardt
Thanks to Matt Tabor


LINKS:

-- COVID-19 Facts --

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/dec/09/covid-used-as-pretext-to-curtail-civil-rights-around-the-world-finds-report

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/planning-scenarios.html

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

https://www.acsh.org/news/2020/11/18/covid-infection-fatality-rates-sex-and-age-15163

https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/coronavirus-deaths-older-adults.html

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2020/04/15/coronavirus-risk-90-patients-had-underlying-conditions/2962721001/

https://twitter.com/justin_hart/status/1327740997078380544

https://spectator.org/covid-19-media-fear-mongering/

https://yougov.co.uk/topics/international/articles-reports

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/new-study-found-80-percent-of-covid-19-patients-were-vitamin-d-deficient

https://www.kekstcnc.com/insights/covid-19-opinion-tracker-edition-4

-- Nursing Home Deaths --

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2020/06/16/nursing-homes-account-for-over-40-of-us-coronavirus-deaths/?sh=70264afa300b

https://covidtracking.com/data/long-term-care

https://fee.org/articles/how-states-turned-nursing-homes-into-slaughter-houses-by-forcing-them-to-admit-discharged-covid-19-patients/

-- Unintended Consequences of COVID-19 --

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/16/yelp-data-shows-60percent-of-business-closures-due-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic-are-now-permanent.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanponciano/2020/12/02/many-of-the-22-million-lost-jobs-may-never-return-andeconomic-recovery-is-already-plateauing-philadelphia-fedpresident/?sh=4167bb5e4011

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-12-03/pandemic-is-driving-us-surge-in-cardiac-arrests-tied-to-overdose

https://www.wave3.com/2020/12/03/study-reveals-increase-suicide-rates/

https://www.rollcall.com/2020/08/05/pandemics-effect-on-already-rising-suicide-rates-heightens-worry/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/11/23/covid-pandemic-rise-suicides/

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/27/745017374/isolated-and-struggling-many-seniors-are-turning-to-suicide

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/16/us/violent-crime-soars-confidence-in-police-takes-hit/index.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2020/08/04/major-american-cities-see-sharp-spike-in-murders-in-2020-infographic/?sh=fd1deb75af20

https://fee.org/articles/vandalism-is-violence-destructive-riots-are-not-just-property-damage/

-- Food Insecurity --

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/business/food-supply-chains-coronavirus/index.html

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/27/912486921/food-insecurity-in-the-u-s-by-the-numbers

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/global-hunger-rising-food-agriculture-organization-report/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/shaynaharris/2020/07/09/more-people-may-die-from-hunger-than-from-the-coronavirus-this-year-says-aid-group-oxfam/?sh=10c2108a68f4

https://www.globalhungerindex.org/ranking.html

-- Great Depression/New Deal --

https://fee.org/resources/great-myths-of-the-great-depression/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB123353276749137485

https://fee.org/articles/fdrs-folly-how-roosevelt-and-his-new-deal-prolonged-the-great-depression/

https://fee.org/articles/what-caused-the-great-depression

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/thomas-sowell-the-myth-of-how-the-great-depression-was-resolved/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_Adjustment_Act

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/commentary/ct-obamacare-health-care-employers-20170224-story.html

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blame-fdr-for-our-healthcare-disaster

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabet_agencies

https://c4ss.org/content/38538

https://fee.org/articles/how-the-federal-government-created-the-subprime-mortgage-crisis/

About the Hosts


Sean W. Malone studied music performance and composition for film and multimedia at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Bachelor of Music, 2005) and New York University (Master of Arts, 2007), before working in various creative roles in the music and film industries in New York and Los Angeles.

In 2011, he relocated to Washington, DC to develop professional media production capabilities at various…

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