Alt-Medicine: How the Far Right Weaponizes Vaccine Hesitancy

October 21, 2021

Religious groups and alternative medicine advocates have always been resistant to vaccines. But in the current COVID-19 anti-vaccination movement, they have mutated into variants of the far right in a violent mush of anti-establishment conspiracies, white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Religion...

Merck’s Gesture to Save Humanity
October 19, 2021

Merck’s Gesture to Save Humanity

Does Working From Home Work?
September 17, 2021

Does Working From Home Work?

COVID-19: The Lab Leak Theory Makes a Comeback
September 02, 2021

COVID-19: The Lab Leak Theory Makes a Comeback

The New American Art of Inconclusive Conclusions

The New American Art of Inconclusive Conclusions

September 01, 2021

In early 2020, as soon as the epidemic caused by a novel coronavirus began turning into a global pandemic, everyone, from scientists to politicians and media pundits, was eager to understand where it came from. Conveniently for US President Donald Trump, it came from China. That enabled him to...

Do Americans Still Trust Their Public Health Agencies? 

Do Americans Still Trust Their Public Health Agencies? 

August 13, 2021

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued another guideline for vaccinated people to wear masks, walking back a previous decision to allow vaccinated people to rip off their face coverings and breathe a collective sigh of relief. If there is one thing that people can...

The Delta Variant of Global Stupidity

The Delta Variant of Global Stupidity

August 13, 2021

You’d think that the whole world could unite against a deadly virus. COVID-19 has already sickened over 200 million people around the world and killed over 4 million. It has now mutated into more contagious forms that threaten to plunge the globe into another spin cycle of lockdown. The...

India’s COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Is Failing the Transgender Community

India's COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Is Failing the Transgender Community

August 09, 2021

Amid a raging pandemic, India’s transgender community, which numbered 5 million a decade ago, is at its nadir when it comes to vulnerability to disease and distress. The reason why there are no recent statistics is because the 2011 census was the only time that population data for non-binary...

A Pandemic of Quitting: Why Are Americans Leaving Their Jobs?

A Pandemic of Quitting: Why Are Americans Leaving Their Jobs?

August 06, 2021

It’s been 18 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are finally getting indicative statistics on its economic impact. Some of these numbers confirm what we’ve long suspected: that online sales boomed during lockdowns and that workers aren’t all that keen to start commuting...

“Freedom” Failed to Set Americans Free

“Freedom” Failed to Set Americans Free

August 03, 2021

A little over a month ago, those who were fully COVID-19 vaccinated in America were feeling pretty good about themselves and their prospects for a summer of wining, dining and a bit of travel. The kiddies, even though unvaccinated, could for some unexplained reason do camp, amusement parks and...

Confronting America’s Drive to Collective Amnesia

Confronting America’s Drive to Collective Amnesia

July 19, 2021

It seems that there is a deep pent-up desire in America to avoid meaningful change at all cost. It is hard enough to confront issues honestly and forthrightly in the best of times. But it is nearly impossible to do so in an environment that prizes consensus over responsibility. The vocabulary of...

Can an Inflatable Economy Survive?

Can an Inflatable Economy Survive?

July 09, 2021

US President Joe Biden’s approval ratings have remained consistently positive since his inauguration in January, inspiring hope among his supporters and the liberal media that he can fulfill at least some of his campaign promises. With extremely thin majorities in both houses of Congress, Biden...

Has the Pandemic Boosted the Idea of Universal Basic Income?

Has the Pandemic Boosted the Idea of Universal Basic Income?

July 06, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns have brought economic activity to a standstill. As a result, the livelihoods of people around the world have been threatened. To respond to the crisis, some governments have considered how to expand their social safety net. This is particularly...

Will Women Return to the Office?

Will Women Return to the Office?

July 05, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdowns have spawned a lot of changes in workplace norms. As it turns out, these norms have had both positive effects and unintended consequences concerning things like remote work and how it impacts employees. While there has been some room for...

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