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    How nationalism can be a force for good in the struggle against COVID-19

How nationalism can be a force for good in the struggle against COVID-19

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Recent years have seen a resurgence of nationalist sentiment across many countries in the West and beyond, and the ideology is now shaping much of the response to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. Robert Scherzer and Eric Taylor Woods write that this doesn’t have to be a bad thing – if we can tap into the liberal, inclusive side of […]

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    How men’s misplaced sense of masculinity in the face of Covid-19 may be killing them

How men’s misplaced sense of masculinity in the face of Covid-19 may be killing them

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The evidence and messaging are clear – one of the most important ways that people can protect themselves and others from the spread of Covid-19 is to frequently wash their hands. And yet, according to survey data, men are still washing their hands less often than women. Using survey data, Dan Cassino finds that men who feel that they […]

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    Despite past Congressional action on insider trading, Senators’ stock trades are still business as usual  

Despite past Congressional action on insider trading, Senators’ stock trades are still business as usual  

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In recent weeks, a number of US Senators have been criticized for selling stocks just before most had been able to realize the seriousness of the threat posed by Covid-19. Lauren C. Bell writes that US politicians have a long history of stock trading in ethically murky circumstances, and that Congress’ recent efforts to address this problem with legislation […]

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    Trump’s fight over Covid-19 numbers shows how the hollowing out of expertise can be dangerous for American democracy.

Trump’s fight over Covid-19 numbers shows how the hollowing out of expertise can be dangerous for American democracy.

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As in any emergency or disaster, institutional agreement over the statistics of the Covid-19 pandemic is incredibly important. During the crisis, President Trump has questioned federally requested research around the spread of the pandemic and the amount of equipment needed to tackle it. Philip Rocco writes on how Trump’s efforts to undermine a common understanding of the numbers around the […]

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    The Covid-19 pandemic shows the power and limits of American federalism.

The Covid-19 pandemic shows the power and limits of American federalism.

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While there has been a great deal of attention paid to how President Trump has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alexandra Cockerham and Robert E. Crew Jr. argue that, to get a true sense of the country’s response, we should look at the actions of state governors and mayors within states. While the federal government has tried to coordinate some […]

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    Trump’s poor relationship with the media has made the US Covid-19 outbreak worse

Trump’s poor relationship with the media has made the US Covid-19 outbreak worse

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Since his election campaign, President Trump has had an adversarial relationship with the news media, branding them the “enemy of the people” after his inauguration. Porismita Borah writes that during the current Covid-19 emergency, the President has continued to fuel public distrust for the media as well as making inaccurate statements about the threat the virus poses. She argues […]

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    How Fox News can turn Democrats against their eventual nominee

How Fox News can turn Democrats against their eventual nominee

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As in any pivot from presidential primary to general election, the Democrats’ likely nominee, Joe Biden, will need to consolidate the support of his party around him, including the supporters of his primary rival, Bernie Sanders. Glen Smith looks at how attacks from right-leaning media, such as Fox News, on presidential primary candidates can hurt the eventual nominee. Presenting […]

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    The Covid-19 crisis shows the failure of populist leadership in the face of real threats.

The Covid-19 crisis shows the failure of populist leadership in the face of real threats.

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Since the beginnings of the Covid-19 outbreak, President Trump has used the crisis to reinforce his populist rhetoric against imaginary threats such as China and immigration from Mexico. Hadas Aron and Emily Holland write that Trump’s example illustrates how populist leaders can gain support when political institutions like Congress are deadlocked. The challenge now, they argue, is for mainstream […]

Book Review: The Quirks of Digital Culture by David Beer

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In The Quirks of Digital Culture, David Beer provides a patchwork of quirky vignettes that together create a representative picture of the cultural environment in which we now live, showing how digital culture offers a means of access, insight and possibility while also bringing the payoff of surveillance, manipulation and a sense of inescapability. Ignas Kalpokas highly recommends this accessible […]

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    We must ensure free and fair elections do not become another casualty of Covid-19 

We must ensure free and fair elections do not become another casualty of Covid-19 

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With the outbreak of Covid-19, much of the nation’s infrastructure is being tested as never before, including its electoral institutions. Philip Rocco writes that decisions now being taken by public officials about primary elections now, and the general in November, need to take into account of both how the pandemic may make it harder for some at-risk populations to vote, and how delaying votes can create […]

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