Full circle


“It’s painful to understand how badly we’ve messed up the process of developing rapid tests in large numbers,” said Redlener. “We aren’t even close, less than 2% of the popula­tion has been tested, we don’t even know the prevalence of the virus.

“There’s been nothing like the misinforma­tion and incompetence we’ve seen around Covid-19 in American history. Colleagues of mine overseas are in disbelief. I never thought I would long for the days of Richard Nixon, but here we are. It’s frightening,” he added.

Fifty years ago there was a vibrant counter­culture in the US, internationally made visible by the mass shutting down of campuses in the spring of 1970 after the invasion of Cambodia and Kent State, by the tens of thousands who shut down Washington, DC May of 1971, the 12,000 arrested. Today what I hear from Americans is helpless resignation and a disavowal of responsibility. What can we do? There’s nothing we can do: it’s all His fault.

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