A common enemy, &c.

In La Paz, Bolivia, June 1, 2020 (David Mercado / Reuters)

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE N ot very often does the whole world face the same problem at the same time — outside of the staples, such as aging, want, and heartbreak. But now there is a genuine pandemic, a common enemy. (As though aliens had attacked from above.) Has this served to unite the world, in significant ways? Not that I can see.

How about the United States alone? We face a common enemy: this plague. Has the experience served to unite Americans? I’m afraid the split is worse than ever.

Never has there been a better time for wise leadership, and wise citizenship.

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