Let’s start with a metaphor: Imagine a giant toilet filled with diarrhea is overflowing and the government proposes a tax holiday on plungers as the solution.
After this pandemic, the risk of another may be even lower than before. But it won’t feel that way. That matters.
A mask is a cloth buy-in to a social contract. Law enforcement consider themselves exempt.
At first thought, mass transit seems fundamentally incompatible with a world defined by a viral disease—but not necessarily. In fact, the oil slick mystery liquid of a subway platform makes an apt mirror to American politics as a whole.