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The Government Has Dismantled Our Ability to Grieve as a Nation

Grief is an unwieldy weapon, and the GOP has shown it would rather mock death than mourn it.

Activists hold signs and tombstone shapes in front of the Phillip Burton Federal Building to honor Covid-19 victims.
Activists in San Francisco honor victims of Covid-19 who died while incarcerated Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Over the past few weeks, as the number of deaths across the country from Covid-19 soared past 80,000, the media expressed a mix of surprise and dismay that President Donald Trump appears utterly…

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Colin Dickey

Colin Dickey

Failed histories, histories of failure. Author of four books: The Unidentified, Ghostland, Afterlives of the Saints, and Cranioklepty.