When the virus came here, it found a country with serious underlying conditions, and it exploited them ruthlessly.
- George Packer
- The Atlantic
Chronic ills—a corrupt political class, a sclerotic bureaucracy, a heartless economy, a divided and distracted public—had gone untreated for years.
We had learned to live, uncomfortably, with the symptoms.
It took the scale and intimacy of a pandemic to expose their severity—to shock Americans with the recognition that we are in the high-risk category…