Jeffrey Tucker had made the mistake of believing that victory for the ideas of liberty was inevitable. Covid abruptly changed that. The lockdowns unleashed forces and devils we thought long ago put away. The New York Times contradicted 100 years of public health advice by advocating panic!
In response to this reverse, Tucker founded the Brownstone Institute, an objective and deeply intellectual organisation dedicated to reason, knowledge and, most notably, steadfastness. The Institute describes its coming into being thus:
The name Brownstone originates from the malleable, but long-lasting building stone (also called “Freestone”) used so commonly in 19th-century American cities, preferred for its beauty, practicality, and strength. Brownstone Institute regards the great task of our times as rebuilding the foundation of liberalism as classically understood, including core values of human rights and freedom as non-negotiables for an enlightened society.
The mission of Brownstone Institute is constructively to come to terms with what happened, understand why, discover and explain alternative paths, and seek reforms to prevent such events from happening again. Lockdowns and mandates have set a precedent in the modern world; without accountability, social and economic institutions will be shattered once again."
Jeffrey Tucker and David Scott discuss and reflect upon the great battles of ideas currently underway, the experiences of the Covid pandemic and the importance of honesty and knowledge in this world of deception and error.