• COVID-19: Health or Wealth?

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    Can the pandemic be separated from the economy? As the pandemic continues in Europe and the United States but seems to be subsiding in Asia, more and more questions are being raised about how to relaunch the economy. The importance of public health is being opposed to opening for business. The battle in the U.S. Senate over how trillions will be spent is indicative of two economic problems: Should businesses function in spite of the virus? How should money be spent to relaunch – from the top down or bottom up?  

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  • Stop the World…

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    In this time of anxiety and uncertainty, the feeling “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off” can’t be very far below the surface. The 1960s musical and later movie was the story of a man who was constantly displeased, no matter how much success he achieved. His existential angst was only resolved when he realized that his family life and friends had been what he should have prioritized; they had made his life worth living. He hadn’t realized their importance before the end of his life.

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  • An International Virus Needs an International Response

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    On the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, with critics bemoaning a profound crisis of multilateralism, the COVID-19 pandemic poses a crucial moment for the international system. Newton’s third law of motion says that for every action there is a reaction. While many of the 17th century English physicist’s laws have been replaced by modern science, his third law has important implications for today’s coronavirus outbreak. We know the virus exists. It has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). What we don’t know is how to react to the virus.

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  • Will the Coronavirus Finally Bring Down Trump’s Virtual Presidency?

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    The “pussy video” didn’t do it. The Stormy Daniels’s revelations didn’t do it. The Mueller investigation didn’t do it. The impeachment trial didn’t do it. The cruel handling of children and the desperate at the border didn’t do it. The unrevealed tax returns didn’t do it. Will Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic finally burst the bubble of the Trump presidency and restore an element of reality to the United States? Will the coronavirus finally bring down Trump’s virtual presidency?

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