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...

Can the Word “Solidarity” Have Any Meaning in the Consumer Society?

June 08, 2021

Recent events across the globe have confirmed that the two institutions most people think of as the pillars of our evolved consumer society — capitalism and democracy — are undergoing an existential crisis whose evolution no one can predict. The sustainability of both has been called into...

The World Needs a People’s Vaccine

June 07, 2021

A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that worries about the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States are at their lowest level since it began. Only half of Americans are either “very worried” (15%) or “somewhat worried” (35%) about the virus, while the other half are “not very worried”...

Why the US Will Not Achieve Herd Immunity

May 14, 2021

The problem with the COVID-19 pandemic is that we don’t know if we’re coming or going. It’s as if we’re swimming far from shore, overwhelmed by one wave after another, and we’re unsure if we’re heading toward land or away from it. China was the early face of COVID-19, but it...

The Case of Forced Cremations in Sri Lanka

From 1983 to 2009, Sri Lanka saw a bloody civil war between the majority Buddhist Sinhalese and the minority Tamils. The conflict led to invaluable losses both economically and politically. To this day, the deep socio-religious wounds have yet to heal on the island in South Asia. Since the war...

Wealth Inequality Breeds Health Inequality

March 24, 2021

In an AP article last December, Maria Cheng and Aniruddha Ghosal noted that, despite official optimism concerning the capacity of emerging vaccines to provoke the definitive decline of the COVID-19 pandemic, “the chances that coronavirus shots will be shared fairly between rich nations and the...

The Sports Pages of Death

March 24, 2021

Here’s one of the things I now do every morning. I go to the online Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and check out the figures there — global coronavirus cases and deaths, US coronavirus cases and deaths. And I do so the way that, not so long ago, I would have opened the...

When Mexico Shut Down

March 22, 2021

Reflecting on COVID-19 in America

March 18, 2021

COVID Conspiracies in Historical Perspective

Misinformation about the current public health crisis — which has either denied the existence of the virus entirely or framed it as an intentional product — has proliferated at an alarming rate.

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