George Melloan, a Giant at the Wall Street Journal, Has Died

by Jeffrey A. Tucker
The American Institute for Economic Research

George Melloan, who died last week at the age of 92, wrote his last column for the Wall Street Journal in June 2020. I was absolutely thrilled when at this time, he dropped me a note and said that he wanted to hang his hat at the American Institute for Economic Research.

Because he has long had such a profound influence on me, and really the entire world during his 54 years of writing for the Journal, I was thrilled and deeply honored.

His first, and sadly his last, column for AIER was How We Got Into this Mess, a very satisfying blast against the lockdowns.

We don’t know if the ultimate death toll would have been lower if states had used lighter measures and allowed the infections to bring about herd immunity, through which viruses normally play themselves out.

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