Shomron Center for Economic Policy Research

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March 20, 2023
by Moshe

Biden and Israel Judiciary Reform

One old guy failed to win elections honestly (so he needs voting w/o ID, postal voting, and more – see H.R.1 ). He disrespects his country’s constitution, he disrespects his Supreme court and he is searching for ways to bypass SCOTUS’ verdicts, he heavily invests in a new project to organize terrorists’ Army against Israel (at US taxpayers’ cost, of course). At the same time, he is eager to intervene in Israel Judiciary’s reform.
Is it just a case of “hutzpa”?

February 24, 2023
by Moshe

We are the champions… and this is the reason for the shame

When one narcissist – third-rate official of the Biden administration steals females’ luggage in order to parade in stolen woman’s outfit in front of the Media and at official receptions, this dude gets fired from the super-tolerant administration which was proud of him and he becomes the subject of conservatives’ mockery.[1]

When the bunch of provincial-level lawyers stole the power which not belong to them (see for more details books penned by Simcha Rotman and our, just a published book, both in Hebrew), when they were humiliating the very idea of the rule of law and Justice, more specifically: they claimed that self-incrimination extorted by torture is a legitimate way of investigation[2]; they call deregulation “unfair competition”[3], they numerous times prevented infliction of damage to terrorists and more … all these facts mean that this bunch of people had stolen their judge’s gowns and even very name of the Court, they stole very name of “Justice” and despite all these easily checkable facts, there are many thousand (not hundred thousand but still many) idiots who are ready to destroy their reputations, to cut off their connections to their friends and colleagues not in order to save the thieves from their well-deserved punishment but in order to prevent a return of just a piece of the stolen stuff.

Yes, we are the champions and this is the reason for us, to be ashamed.


[2] תפ”ח 16-01-932 מדינת ישראל נ’ בן אוליאל(עציר) ואח’

The verdict is available here and here (in Hebrew only).

Attorney Yitzhak Bam, for the defendant, said, “After the court accepted the confession and reenactment made following my client’s torture, the conviction was simply a matter of judicial acrobatics.”     …  Once the court overcame the acrobatic task, it opened our path to appeal to the Supreme Court for the very acceptance of a confession given under torture.”    “The only point of light in the verdict is the court’s reluctance to convict Ben Uliel of membership in a terrorist organization,” Bam said.

[3] Supreme Court cases ## 1030/99; 1031/99; 1050/99; 1053/99; 1201/99; 1119/99, see the verdict:  (Hebrew).

February 6, 2023
by Moshe

Jewish Analysis of the COVID-19 Crisis

The article by Yehoshua Socol, Moshe Yanovskiy, and Yair Shaki “Judeo-Christian Analysis of the COVID-19 Crisis and Its Management” has been published in the University of Valladolid Journal of the Sociology and Theory of Religion last month. (to cite: Socol, Yehoshua, Yanovskiy Moshe & Shaki Yair Y. 2023. “Judeo-Christian Analysis of the COVID-19 Crisis and Its Management”, Journal of the Sociology and Theory of Religion, 15 (2023): 131-154).

The present coronavirus crisis caused major worldwide disruption. Numerous experts admit now that crisis management was far from optimal from the very beginning. In the paper, we first digest the available information on the crisis and its management. We then list factors that led to the chosen way of crisis management. Afterward, we question whether religious leaders could have gained enough information for them not to have supported lockdowns, etc. back in March 2020. In our opinion, they could have if they would have addressed trustworthy experts with a list of reasonable professional questions. We then analyze the question if hypothetical coercive measures are justified in the case when they are effective in decreasing the overall mortality but cause the death of several people. Our conclusion is that such measures are not justified ethically, and implementing emergency powers is justified only in the case of war. Finally, we formulate several important problems highlighted by COVID-19 to be discussed in the future.

The reader is highly recommended to compare this paper to the prominent libertarian Scholar Walter Block article “A Libertarian Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic” penned and published in 2020 on a way how to approach the intellectual challenge of the pandemic and how to assess the Government’s response.

Few of our papers relevant to the issue of assessment of Government response to the virus pandemic:

(1) COVID-19 Library. Filling the Gaps
(2) Are lockdowns effective in managing pandemics? (journal Int. J. Environ. Research & Public Health
(3) supplemental to (1) Coercive Policies and Some Reactions to the Coercion in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic

January 29, 2023
by Moshe

The Ethical and Religious Implications of Covid-19

Dr. Marilyn M. Singleton (US Doctor and Lawyer) interview with my colleague and co-author Dr. Yehoshua Socol: “… As my guest put it, the mindset behind the Covid-19 response will lead to “government expansion, ultimately ending in the establishment of full control and ‘one payer’ financing of medical services, is turning doctors to be de facto parts of a bureaucratic machinery.”

January 22, 2023
by Moshe

The welfare state – for whom?

Who is the principal beneficiary of the welfare state? This issue was discussed during the dispute hosted by “Students for Liberty” an international non-profit organization on January 11 at Ben Gurion University (in Hebrew).

Here is the introductory speech by Ilia Zatcovetsky who asserted, that the real (principal) beneficiaries of the Welfare state are social bureaucrats and allied politicians.

For a detailed explanation of this assertion (in Hebrew) see our book Socializm Haziri (Pig Socialism) just published by Kineret Zmora-Bitan Dvir Publishers.

November 15, 2022
by Moshe

“Socializm Haziri” – Pig Socializm

“Socializm Haziri” – Pig Socialism – the book written by Ilia Zatcovetsky and Moshe yanovskiy just starts to make its way to the reader. The book has been published by Kineret Zmora-Bitan Dvir Publishers.

The book is our attempt to assault the ‘Living Dead’ of Socialism from a new and important position. There are many talented authors who tried to prove the advantages of a free economy, based on ‘universal’ (not specific for certain historical epochs and countries) models, cases, and arguments. We believe, the historic context and political and legal institutions are matters of great importance and can’t be ignored.
Milton Friedman fixed the moment of the very start of the ‘illogical’ revival of the Dead Socialism as early as 1994: “What has happened in Europe with the collapse of the Berlin Wall? By now everybody agrees with two propositions. Proposition one: “Socialism is a failure.” Proposition two: “Capitalism is a success.” To judge from what goes on in Washington, the conclusion that has been drawn is: “Therefore, the U.S. needs more socialism.”
Our book discloses for the reader well known in Economics and in History strong incentives of Left politicians (promoters of ‘Big Government’ caring from cradle to grave) and bureaucrats. Why do they relentlessly push all the time for higher taxation, toughest regulations (nowadays, usually presented as ‘anti-discriminatory’, ‘ecological’), etc?
The book eventually shows the way, how Welfare state tends to develop into full-fledged socialism and explains, why even ‘socialism lite’ is very dangerous in Long Run perspective.
The book is based on data and numerous cases/examples from Israel and old Democracies’ historical / nowadays’ experiences.

Full references with clickable links and some supplemental materials the reader can find in the

סוציאליזם חזירי. נספחים Pig Socialism. Supplemental Materials

September 28, 2022
by Moshe

Italy: noteworthy post-pandemic Elections

General Elections on September 25, 2022, bring to power a conservative coalition led by Giorgia Meloni (Brothers of Italy). After 99% of votes counted, the coalition has already secured at least 235 seats out of 400 in the Chamber of Deputies and leads in the battle for the Senate (112 of 189; the general number of senators is 205).

Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia – FI) was the only political party represented in the previous Parliament that decisively challenged COVID-19 mandates as a threat to personal rights and liberties.
Nicholas Farrell, historian, and journalist had speculated about the probability of FI victory more than a year ago (August 3, 2021): “How remarkable, then, that such a quintessential conservative Englishman as Sir Roger Scruton should have been so powerful a cleansing influence on Italy’s post-fascists and inspired their young leader – who could well become Italy’s next premier – to transform their small, big state, big brother post-fascist party into a vote-winning patriotic, conservative party founded on the sacred principle of individual liberty.” “Why are only Italy’s ‘far right’ opposing vaccine passports?
By the date (September 28, 2022) Italian voters had manifested the highest demand for their rights and liberties protection, delivering the highest reward to the party, leading the anti-mandates movement. Look for a comparison to the other cases of elections influenced by COVID-19 mandates agenda: “Coercive Policies and Some Reactions to the Coercion in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic

August 1, 2022
by Moshe

Obey the rules of scientific Discussion, protect family doctors

Austrian local family doctor joined the campaign for experimental vaccine(s) (as FDA confessed “Information is not yet available about potential long-term health outcomes”; see for more references “COVID-19 Library” section IV.5) promotion, with a little bit of excessive enthusiasm. She wasn’t among the principal decision-makers, but she agreed to be one of the faces, the front-woman of the campaign. This campaign brazenly ignored the rules of scientific discussion. Dissent opinions were suppressed, and all alternatives to vaccines were declared useless. Eventually, vaccine fanatical hysteria caused the adoption of draconian “law” mandating vaccination under threat of severe fines (up to 15,000 USD yearly).

Opposition against these policies became tougher and tougher. Austrian Freedom party and the newly formed MFG People Fundamental Rights Party took to the streets and protested until the Government abandoned this “law” enforcement.

The poor woman meanwhile faced more and more irritation from her patients both on the Internet and in person. They rated her personal and professional qualities lower and lower. Eventually, she committed suicide. The lesson of the story is pretty simple: never violate rules of scientific discussion, never follow Big Government interests, and never abandon your compatriots, your neighbors, and your patient’s best interests for the sake of Big power-thirsty social Bureaucracy’s best interests. The shameless politicians will never protect you, they’ll exploit your sorrow for advancing their agenda.

Following the rules of scientific discussion, revering unlimited freedom of speech and discussion can save your family doctor’s life!

July 31, 2022
by Moshe

Costly failure of Lockdown policies

Our article claiming that lockdown policies have never been scientifically justified has been published in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Yanovskiy M, Socol Y. Are Lockdowns Effective in Managing Pandemics? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(15):9295.

The present coronavirus crisis caused a major worldwide disruption that has not been experienced for decades. The lockdown-based crisis management was implemented by nearly all countries, and studies confirming lockdown effectiveness can be found alongside the studies questioning it. In this work, we performed a narrative review of the works studying the above effectiveness, as well as the historical experience of previous pandemics and risk-benefit analysis based on the connection of health and wealth. Our aim was to learn lessons and analyze ways to improve the management of similar events in the future. The comparative analysis of different countries showed that the assumption of lockdowns’ effectiveness cannot be supported by evidence—neither regarding the present COVID-19 pandemic nor regarding the 1918–1920 Spanish Flu and other less-severe pandemics in the past. The price tag of lockdowns in terms of public health is high: by using the known connection between health and wealth, we estimate that lockdowns may claim 20 times more life years than they save. It is suggested therefore that a thorough cost-benefit analysis should be performed before imposing any lockdown for either COVID-19 or any future pandemic.

May 22, 2022
by Moshe

Costs of Lockdowns in Israel – new article in “Inquiry”

The paper just published in INQUIRY: Cost-Effectiveness Threshold for Healthcare: Justification and Quantification. The material is basically a little bit boring. Do not miss the Appendix (counting lost Life Years as a result of lockdowns imposed on us by the Government here in Israel). While the link provided in the text doesn’t work properly use the following link to the Appendix.

The paper challenges governmental intervention in cases of “medical events” (disasters, pandemics, and the like). These interventions have a price measured in human life lost (and this point is not new at all). So, governmental emergency intervention is targeted to protect human lives and break normal routine lives, harming incomes and thus shortening human lives. So the emergency intervention ought to be justified by proven harm prevented. We had developed not so complicated procedure of counting minimal thresholds justifying the possibility of intervention. We counted the human life price (about 500 thousand normal quality life years) of lockdowns imposed on Israeli people in 2020.