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America Sits on Its Hands as Covid-19 Cases Rise

How was America able to send a man to the moon, yet now only able to dork around in the face of a disease that most other developed economies and even quite a few emerging ones have done reasonable jobs of containing?

While its bungled Covid-19 response confirms the thesis that the US is a failed state, the cause isn’t simply enfeebled government bureaucracies and MBA-style magical thinking by too many people in charge.

It’s the way citizens are setting out to propagate infection via refusing to change their habits.

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It’s as if the American religion has become “Don’t tell me what to do.” And that’s even more peculiar given how conformist Americans are.

In case you managed to miss the lead story in network news yesterday, US Covid-19 cases continue to rise, and at alarming rates in Texas, Florida, and California.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said the next two weeks would be critical to controlling the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.

And yes, sports fans, these increases are taking place in areas with some economic heft. A chart from Deutsche Bank via Econobrowser : […]

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