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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

The Atlantic
Mar 16 · 10 min read
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

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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