The Pandemic and the Public Trust

The Pandemic and the Public Trust

Editors Note: This article is a follow-up to Inconvenience or Devastation, which explores citizens’ motivations in complying with pandemic lockdowns. In the grand tradition of dividing people into two groups, today sort people based on their attitude toward...
Inconvenience, or Devastation?

Inconvenience, or Devastation?

Editors Note: This article is a follow-up to The Politics of Lockdowns, which explores politicians’ motives and motivations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early on in the COVID crisis, many warned that this fall would bring a second wave of infections, as...
The Politics of Lockdowns

The Politics of Lockdowns

Conspicuous Action. Those two words encapsulate a politician’s default response to any crisis (or “crisis” – many dubbed as such do not, considered rationally, deserve that level of emphasis), with the effects or efficacy of the action of...
Care Before Crisis

Care Before Crisis

A common theme, in looking at America’s galaxy of ills in the fall of 2020 is that we are moving from being a high trust society into a low trust one. Low trust societies have all sorts of problems, but they boil down to the fact that trust is a lubricant, and...