• John Locke Update

    It’s Time To Amend the Emergency Management Act

    posted April 15, 2021 by Jon Guze
    Reforming the Emergency Management Act is about good governance, regardless of who resides in the governor’s mansion. No individual should have the power unilaterally to deprive citizens of their liberty for an extended period. Reforms would still allow for rapid responses for true emergencies.
  • John Locke Update

    Time to amend the Emergency Management Act, Part Four

    posted February 4, 2021 by Jon Guze
    The North Carolina Emergency Management Act (EMA) delegates too much power to the executive branch and provides too little legislative guidance and oversight. This article proposes specific changes to the EMA to correct these deficiencies and restore the separation of powers guaranteed by the North Carolina State Constitution.
  • John Locke Update

    Time to amend the Emergency Management Act, Part Three

    posted January 26, 2021 by Jon Guze
    The first three counts are concerned with the discriminatory way Cooper has applied the Emergency Management Act. The last two counts, on the other hand, point to problems with the EMA itself — problems that can only be solved by amending the act.
  • John Locke Update

    Japan: no COVID lockdown, no testing asymptomatic people, and no excess deaths

    posted January 12, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    "The West should envy Japan's COVID-19 response" is the title of this article in Japan Times. The author is Ramesh Thakur, an emeritus professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy of the Australian National University and former Assistant Secretary-General of the UN. Thakur lets the West have it, and by extension the demonstrably failed virus mitigation orders here in NC from Gov. Roy Cooper.
  • John Locke Update

    Does Cooper’s own research justify his extreme orders? Part 2

    posted December 15, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The question is this: Does this research offer a slam-dunk case justifying Cooper's extreme emergency orders? This series will examine and discuss each study provided by the Cooper administration and ask whether it supports Cooper's extreme exercise of power, because that is the relevant standard.
  • John Locke Update

    Does Cooper’s own research justify his extreme orders? Part 1

    posted December 7, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    The question is this: Does this research offer a slam-dunk case justifying Cooper's extreme emergency orders? This series will examine and discuss each study provided by the Cooper administration and ask whether it supports Cooper's extreme exercise of power, because that is the relevant standard.
  • John Locke Update

    Time to amend the Emergency Management Act, Part Two

    posted November 19, 2020 by Jon Guze
    Cooper will continue to occupy the Governor’s mansion, and he’s made it very clear he intends to go on issuing lockdown orders without COS concurrence. Which raises a question for those of us who still object to those orders: what can we do about them now?

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