The differing impacts of COVID-19 across America

One Nation, Under Lockdown, Divided by Pandemic

The last thing this divided Republic needs is more polarization, but America is now further divided by pandemic, in large part by the different experiences of various localities and in how economies function from region to region.

The Pandemic Road to Serfdom

Even before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, America, like most higher-income countries, was already heading toward a neo-feudal future: massive inequality, ever-greater concentrations of power, and increasingly widespread embrace of a uniform (albeit secular) religion.

Depression Era Department Store Display Window

Letter from Los Angeles: The Death of Small Business is a Tragedy for Jewish Community and Democracy

A great connoisseur as well as sworn enemy of the free market, Vladimir Lenin might smile a bit if he witnessed what is now happening to small businesses in the current Covid-19 pandemic.

New York City, a densely populated urban area.

The Coronavirus Means You May Have Seen Your Last Skyscraper, New York

Despite the warnings of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others, the COVID-19 death rate in the United States appears to be more than twice as high in large urban counties as in high-density suburbs, and nearly twice as high in high-density suburbs than in lower-density ones.

Triumph of the Woke Oligarchs

Perhaps nothing spells the triumph of California’s progressive oligarchy more than Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to off-load the state’s recovery strategy to a task force co-chaired by hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer.

Angelenos Love Suburban Sprawl: Coronavirus Proves Then Right

For nearly a century, Los Angeles’ urban form has infuriated urbanists who prefer a more concentrated model built around a single central core. Yet, in the COVID-19 pandemic, our much-maligned dispersed urban pattern has proven a major asset.

Hollywood at Vine Street

California’s Post-Corona Challenges

California has, at least to date, escaped the worst effects of Covid-19 but faces serious post-corona challenges: the likely scenario of falling revenues and soaring demand for government services. Most critical will be the effect of the virus on the state’s already-severe income inequality and poverty.

White House Press Conference

Viral Politics

Long after the pandemic has receded, its long-term impact on our society and political life will continue. Just as plagues past have reshaped the trajectory of cities and civilizations, sometimes with fearsome morbidity, COVID-19 is already having a profoundly disruptive impact on our political future.

Farm workers

Who Will Prosper After the Plague?

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to widen even further the growing class divides now found in virtually every major country. By disrupting smaller grassroots businesses while expanding the power of technologies used in the enforcement of government edicts, the virus could further empower both the tech oligarchs and the “expert” class leading the national response to the crisis.

The Coronavirus is Changing the Future of Home, Work, and Life

The COVID-19 pandemic will be shaping how we live, work and learn about the world long after the last lockdown ends and toilet paper hoarding is done, accelerating shifts that were already underway including the dispersion of population out of the nation’s densest urban areas and the long-standing trend away from mass transit and office concentration towards flatter and often home-based employment.