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A Failing State

In June of 2020, as the pandemic took the first 100,000 American lives, George Packer wrote, “Every morning in the endless month of March, Americans woke up to find themselves citizens of a failed state…in prosperous cities, a class of globally connected desk workers dependent on a class of precarious and invisible service workers; in the countryside, decaying communities in revolt against the modern world; on social media, mutual hatred and endless…

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