How Coronavirus Could Help Heal Our Democracy

A global pandemic presents the ultimate test of government’s most basic function: to solve large, collective problems and safeguard our society.
The United States failed that test in both our preparation and our immediate response — as our polarized politics yet again unnecessarily paralyzed us. As a result, over 100,000 Americans have died so far, and more than 35 million are now out of work. What steps we take from here, however, may help us minimize the long-term impact and avert the next crisis.
Pandemics are predictable. So are severe weather effects of climate change. So are…