Living with uncertainty

This is the editor’s letter in the current issue of The Week magazine. The truth is, we don’t know much. Human beings hate uncertainty but cannot escape it, particularly now that our species has become host to a virus that’s never before infected human beings. With 100,000 dead and 1.7 million confirmed cases in the […]

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How pandemics change society

The Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and other widespread disease outbreaks have transformed how people live. Here’s everything you need to know: Will Covid-19 change the world? Yes, if it’s similar to the pandemics of the past. Plagues and viral contagions have regularly blighted the course of human civilization, killing millions of people and wreaking […]

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The constitutional immune system kicks in

All 50 states have begun to return to normal life. Measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 are gradually lifting as various milestones are met, and though ordinary economic and social activity is still weeks or months away, we’re moving — however haltingly and with much bickering, hyperbole, and mutual recrimination — in that very […]

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The snake oil salesman cometh

President Trump has always been a snake oil salesman. But now we know he’s not just selling the stuff, he’s taking it himself. At least, that’s what we’re supposed to think. Trump on Monday told reporters that he was taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug he has pushed for months — against the advice and wisdom […]

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