Disorganized Religion

Demonstrators kneel as they take part in a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd outside Trump National Doral golf resort in Doral, Fla., June 6, 2020. (Marco Bello/Reuters)
Some of our responses to the pandemic and other crises echo the flagellant movement of the 14th century.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M aybe there’s a pattern to life. The world is plunged into a turmoil by a plague from China. Quarantines are unable to entirely halt the spread of death. A great mass of people lose faith in the ability of their long-lived public institutions to deal with the health crisis. And that lack of faith spreads to the other social evils that the authorized institutions have failed to arrest: the violence endemic in society, and disruptive climate change. A great mass of ordinary people break out of fearful quarantine and take their appeals outside of their inherited institutions and into the


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