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Thinking in a Pandemic

We’ve brought together all our COVID-19 coverage in one place. Here you’ll find the latest arguments from doctors and epidemiologists, philosophers and economists, legal scholars and historians, activists and citizens, as they think not just through this moment but beyond it.

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Manoj Dias-Abey

A new geoeconomic order is creating opportunities for organizing along supply chains.

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Amy Kapczynski Gregg Gonsalves

The right response to COVID-19 is to rebuild our economy from the ground up, putting people to work in a massive jobs program to secure the public health of all.

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Jonathan White

Crisis management only blurs ever more the boundary between politics and technical expertise.

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Archon Fung

We must take very seriously the responsibility to judge our leaders' policies. When they fail us, we must act as leaders ourselves.

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Paula Findlen

The Florentine humanist’s description of the Black Death in the Decameron remains one of the most thoughtful accounts of a society living under a pandemic.

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Scott W. Stern

Conservatives have long been sounding the alarm about “undeserving” people receiving public assistance. These fears have deep ties to racism and the policing of black women’s bodies.

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Daniel Grossman

A doctor's case against COVID-19 abortion bans. 

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Daniel Wilf-Townsend

We face a surge of civil litigation in the wake of COVID-19—from eviction fights to loan disputes—but the system has languished in dire need of reform for decades.

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Joseph Margulies

States should release from prison far more than the very small percentage of low-level, nonviolent offenders they hold.

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Samuel Clowes Huneke

Fixating on whether Trump’s response to COVID-19 is totalitarian makes it difficult to have a nuanced discussion about the role government should play in times of crisis.

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