The Consummation of the Consumer Society

Apr 01, 2020

The shock to Western civilization produced by the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 is only beginning to register. Most commentators have focused on the political and economic dimension of a historical moment unlike any other, in which entire nations across the globe have moved into shutdown...

How MAGA Sunk the United States
Apr 01, 2020

How MAGA Sunk the United States

The US Bailout’s Undersized Oversight
Mar 31, 2020

The US Bailout’s Undersized Oversight

COVID-19 Makes Johnson and Trump Reject Thatcher and Reagan
Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 Makes Johnson and Trump Reject Thatcher and Reagan

Are We Wrong About COVID-19 Death Rates?

Are We Wrong About COVID-19 Death Rates?

Mar 31, 2020

Given the shortage of testing kits for COVID-19 around the world, the current testing regimen includes primarily (if not exclusively) symptomatic patients, making the rate of death appear to be worse than it might actually be. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, asymptomatic persons...

The Health Care Industry in the US Is at a Crossroads

The Health Care Industry in the US Is at a Crossroads

Mar 30, 2020

An article in the Harvard Business Review that acknowledges the dilemma many of the for-profit hospitals in the US are now facing sees the solution in an appeal to the insurance companies that dominate the American health care economy. How to Kill People to Save an Outmoded Idea of the...

One Antidote to Coronavirus: More Multilateralism

One Antidote to Coronavirus: More Multilateralism

Mar 30, 2020

With nearly every government and populace around the world now mobilized to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the sort of broad-based international coordination often seen in previous global crises remains glaringly absent, and it’s holding us back from a solution. The reasons for this lack of...

Making the Best of Social Distancing

Making the Best of Social Distancing

Mar 27, 2020

It is terrible to be sick, and more terrible to be sick and alone. Ten years ago, my mother’s hospice unit was in quarantine for E. coli. In her last week of life, none of her friends were allowed to visit.  Now everyone gets to taste that isolation in what may be the most widespread...

When the Bunker Becomes Home, Sweet Home

When the Bunker Becomes Home, Sweet Home

Mar 27, 2020

Writing for Forbes, Halah Touryalai reports on one characteristic behavior that has come to the fore in recent weeks in the US, as it tends to do in any time of crisis. More than people from other cultures, Americans have acquired the reflex of creating space around themselves whenever they feel...

The Politics of the Coronavirus

The Politics of the Coronavirus

Mar 27, 2020

The far right thrives on fear. It’s no surprise, then, that it would use the latest pandemic, which has generated widespread panic, to bolster its own agenda. All of the hallmarks of the far right are in play during the coronavirus crisis. It has pushed to close borders. It has demonized...

COVID-19: Will We Learn the Lessons?

COVID-19: Will We Learn the Lessons?

Mar 27, 2020

Many Western governments are willing to climb any mountain and pay any price to save lives. In the process, many of them are also politicizing their response to the coronavirus pandemic while acting too late and too meekly, setting the stage for what is yet to come. The West can learn a lot from...

How to Kill People to Save an Outmoded Idea of the Economy

How to Kill People to Save an Outmoded Idea of the Economy

Mar 26, 2020

US President Donald Trump will go down in history as the ultimate master of hyperreal politics. No matter how far he deviates from reality, the American public consistently expresses its approval. The further he wanders from rationality, even when the consequences are measurable in the number of...

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine

Mar 26, 2020

On January 28, US President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he hailed as the “deal of the century.” This is the latest attempt by the US to mediate between the Israelis and Palestinians and end the seven-decade-old...

When Emotion Trumps Dispassionate Politics

When Emotion Trumps Dispassionate Politics

Mar 26, 2020

The triumph of Nazism in the years following the election of 1933 that brought Adolf Hitler to power represents arguably the greatest human catastrophe of the 20th century — a century rich in human catastrophes. Until today, historians, social scientists and writers, from Primo Levy to Jonathan...

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