The Health State: Bafflement Essay #4

When the historians and political theorists of the future look back on the past two years, they’ll see the emergence of a new social contract in western society. As the Covid crisis draws to a close, it’s unclear how lasting the effects of this new deal are going to be. Is it going to turn out, as was initially promised, to be a temporary response? Or has it, as some fear and others hope, set a new template for life to come, at least in some places? While recent weeks have seen some countries returning to normality, others such as Canada are still under authoritarian measures, while some governments are introducing new laws to make the emergency pandemic legislation permanent.

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