No time for ideological obsessions

The coronavirus crisis has thrown old certainties - held by individuals and societies across the world - into disarray. The unknown always inspires awe, even if scientists will certainly be waging a real battle to find ways of containing this new disease. 

Some pundits predict that the day after will see a dramatic change in people's behavior, a restructuring of institutions and a realignment of social and individual priorities. All that is highly unlikely, at least to the extent that some people would hope. 

Other critics tend to interpret the outbreak as a by-product of globalization. Theirs is actually an attempt to combat the dominant idea which seeks to discredit the notion of the nation-state. Regardless of the wider consequences it has unleashed, this development is not linked to the spread of the coronavirus. When the Black Death ravaged Europe's population in...

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