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Corona crisis in the USA: We live in a failed state


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When the virus arrived in the United States, it found a country with serious pre-existing illnesses and ruthlessly exploited them. Chronic ailments - a corrupt political class, a frozen bureaucracy, a heartless economy, a divided, distracted population - had not been addressed in years. We had resigned ourselves to living with the symptoms, albeit not well. How serious they were was only revealed through the extent and direct experience of a pandemic. She shocked Americans with the realization that we belong to the high risk group.

George Packer

is one of the most famous reporters in the USA. The transaction, his book on the aftermath of the financial crisis, won the 2013 National Book Award. He writes for The Atlantic.

The crisis required swift, rational, joint action. Instead, the United States reacted like Pakistan or Belarus - like a country with inferior infrastructure and a dysfunctional government whose leaders were too corrupt or too stupid to avert mass suffering. The US government wasted two irretrievable months that it could have used in preparation. The president was characterized by willful blindness, finger pointing, boasting and lying, his mouthpieces spreading conspiracy theories and miracle cures. Some senators and company leaders acted quickly - not to prevent the impending catastrophe, but to benefit from it. When a government doctor tried to warn the population of the danger, the White House grabbed the microphone and politicized the embassy.

Every morning throughout March, when Americans woke up, they found that they were living in a failed state. Since there was no national plan, no uniform instructions, families, schools and offices had to decide for themselves whether to shut down and seek protection. When tests, masks, gowns and ventilators were found to be in short supply, governors turned to the White House for help. However, this hesitated and then turned to the economy, which could not deliver. A bidding competition was imposed on states and cities, making them easy prey to usury and greed for profit. Citizens took out the sewing machines and tried to keep the inadequately equipped hospital staff healthy and their patients alive. Russia, Taiwan and the United Nations sent humanitarian aid to the richest country in the world - a begging nation in utter chaos.

Donald Trump viewed the crisis almost exclusively from a personal and political perspective. For fear of his re-election, he declared the corona pandemic a war and himself declared war president. But the political leader he recalled was Philippe Pétain, the French general who signed an armistice with Germany in 1940 after it had crushed the French defense forces. Subsequently, he formed the pro-Nazi Vichy regime. Like Pétain, Trump also collaborated with the intruder and surrendered his country to an ongoing disaster. And like France in 1940, America was heading for a collapse in 2020 that involved so much more than a single miserable politician at the helm. In retrospect, dealing with the pandemic may be seen as Strange defeat describe, according to the book L’Étrange Défaite of the historian and resistance fighter Marc Bloch, in which he analyzes the case of France.

Despite countless examples of courage and sacrifice from people across the United States, it is a failure at the national level. And that should raise a question most Americans never had to ask themselves: do we have the confidence in our political leaders and each other to work together against a deadly threat? Can we still rule ourselves?

This is the third major crisis in the young 21st century. The first, which happened on September 11, 2001, came at a time when Americans were still mentally alive in the previous century and the economic crisis, World War I and the Cold War were still very much in the memory. Back then, New York's rural heartland saw New York not as a strange conglomeration of immigrants and liberals who deserved their fate, but as a great American city that had suffered a severe blow on behalf of the whole country. Indiana firefighters traveled over 1,200 kilometers to participate in ground zero rescue operations. Our spontaneous reaction as citizens was to mourn and make us strong together.

Party-political calculations and catastrophic political decisions, especially on the Iraq war, erased the feeling of national unity and fostered a bitterness towards the political class that has never quite subsided. The second crisis - the collapse of the financial system in 2008 - exacerbated it. From the very top it could almost be seen as a success. The US Congress passed a Republican and Democrat-backed bail-out bill that saved the financial system. Members of the outgoing Bush administration worked alongside members of the succeeding Obama administration. The experts from the US Federal Reserve and the US Treasury Department implemented monetary and financial policy measures to prevent a second world economic crisis. The top bankers responsible were publicly denounced, but not prosecuted. Most of them were able to keep their fortunes, and some were able to keep their jobs. They were soon back at it again. According to a Wall Street trader I spoke to, the financial crisis had only been a damper.