The Coronavirus Called America’s Bluff

Like Japan in the mid-1800s, the United States now faces a crisis that disproves everything the country believes about itself

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People wait in line to enter a Costco Wholesale store on March 12, 2020 in Glendale, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

By Anne Applebaum

On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy sailed into Tokyo Bay with two steamships and two sailing vessels under his command. He…

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