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Dispatches From the Culture Wars - COVID-19 Dispatches

New social divisions, new atrocities, new challenges for humanity



The Well and the Sick

By Nick Cohen
March 14, 2020
The Observer

if you are sick and facing the prospect of death, the state is the only institution with the means and responsibility to help you.

Why Social Distancing is Best

By Thomas Perls
March 13, 2020
The Conversation

People need to stay far enough away from each other so that the coronavirus – or any pathogen – cannot spread from one person to another.

When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus

By Natalie Escobar
March 4, 2020

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Harassment has been intense for Asian Americans across the country — regardless of ethnicity, location or age.

Class Divide in the Bay Area

By Nicole Karlis
March 16, 2020

In the gentrified Bay Area, those who suffer under the thumb of tech are seeing their fortunes dwindle even more.

What Is Covid-19 Trying to Teach Us?

By H. Bruce Franklin
March 13, 2020

To fight against the contagion, the main weapon is cooperation, on all levels, from interpersonal to international.

AOC's Prescriptions

By Eliza Relman
March 12, 2020
Business Insider

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demands the government distribute a universal basic income and implement 'Medicare for all' to fight the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Is a Devil Testing Organized Religion

By Ed Kilgore
March 12, 2020
New York Magazine

U.S. religious communities are struggling to stay true to their traditions and serve those who depend on them without loving people to death.

Profit Over Public Health

By the Editorial Board
March 13, 2020
New York Times

As the coronavirus spreads, the public interest requires employers to abandon their longstanding resistance to paid sick leave.