Bashing Bureaucrats on Yale Univ. Prof. Harvey Risch Podcast

Government Regulatory Agency Failure with Mr. James Bovard

by | Sep 16, 2023 |

Dr. Risch (a Yale University emeritus epidemiologist) is joined by James Bovard. Jim is a prolific writer, satirist, and social commentator.

He is the author of ten books whose ideas have been publicly denounced by 12 federal agency chiefs, cabinet secretaries, FBI, DEA, FEMA, TSA, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Labor, and Secretary of HUD, as well as by the Washington Post & the ACLU.

Today, we discuss why so many different parts of the administrative state seem to fail when critical issues arise. This partly goes to the long provision of plausible public messaging not substantiated by actual evidence. This problem occurs not only in scientific questions; it pervades numerous circumstances of public policies.


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7 Responses to Bashing Bureaucrats on Yale Univ. Prof. Harvey Risch Podcast

  1. JdL September 18, 2023 at 2:14 pm #

    Dang, I hadn’t realized that Pharma pours money into medical journals. It figures, though. Talk about a self-licking ice cream cone!

    Yes, the glorification of emotional handicaps is as destructive as the glorification of racial or sexual victimhood: do we teach young people to be more productive and reap the resulting rewards, or to be a better victim, which necessitates NOT being productive or one’s whole persona (and means of support) evaporates. It’s a recipe for a falling standard of living, helped along of course by obscene military spending. And the ever-expanding hoards of government employees, who make sure they’re paid top dollar. Working in the private sector is for chumps.

  2. Jim September 18, 2023 at 9:55 pm #

    That discussion with Dr. Risch shattered my idealism on Big Pharma.

    • JdL September 19, 2023 at 10:33 am #

      Oh no! You may be depressed for months.

  3. tim mcgraw September 20, 2023 at 6:04 am #

    Jim, My Dad was the Chief Operating Officer of a pharmaceutical firm in the Midwest in the 1980s. His company was the most successful company in the USA ( perhaps the world ) if you go by stock price appreciation.
    Dad’s company was honest. Dad hated the FDA. But his company played by the rules.
    However, even back then in the 80s, everyone knew that Pfizer did NOT play by the rules.
    I remember once I was at a meeting of my Dad’s company salesmen. They didn’t know who I was. The salesmen thought I was a Pfizer spy. LOL!
    It all comes down to the morality of leadership. “A fish rots from the head.” as the saying goes.

    • Jim Bovard September 20, 2023 at 7:23 am #

      Tim, thanks for the insight from your father’s experience. Your father’s disdain for the FDA was well-earned. They have had more scandals than the media remembers

  4. tim mcgraw September 21, 2023 at 12:15 am #

    Jim, my Dad hated David Kessler most of all.

    • Jim September 21, 2023 at 10:22 am #

      Your father had great instincts!