We Are Living in a Failed State

The coronavirus didn’t break America. It revealed what was already broken.

The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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12 min readApr 20, 2020

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Image: Oliver Monday / The Atlantic

By George Packer

When the virus came here, it found a country with serious underlying conditions, and it exploited them ruthlessly. Chronic ills — a corrupt political class, a sclerotic bureaucracy, a heartless economy, a divided and distracted public — had…

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