Tribalism and the Pandemic

People walk through a nearly empty Times Square during the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, March 19, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
COVID-19 has thrust interdependence on America’s warring factions, undermining the idea that any one group is more essential to the nation than any other.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I f there’s anything to be said for pandemics, it might be their stone-cold egalitarianism. In practically every country in the world, elites die at lower rates from violence and disease because they live in safer neighborhoods, have better access to food, water, and medicine, and can buy or bribe their way out of many problems. This creates a hierarchy of suffering not only between countries, but within them as well. The tiny West African nation of Liberia, for example, has one of the highest poverty rates in the world, and one of the lowest life expectancies. For the past 30

Sebastian JungerMr. Junger is the author of Tribe and War, and a co-director of the award-winning combat documentary Restrepo.


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