Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II. His newest book is “The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World and Transformed the American Dream.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.Eighty years ago, as Americans came together to defeat the fascism that threatened civilization, American factories poured out the weapons needed to crush Germany and the other Axis Powers.One-third of the weaponry and war material the Allied forces used during the conflict came from American factories and shipyards (including an incredible eight aircraft carriers a month) — a miraculous mobilization dubbed the Arsenal of Democracy. Today America can do it again and create the arsenal that defeats this latest threat to civilization: the coronavirus. From ventilators and N95 masks, to anti-viral drugs and ICU equipment and hospital beds, American companies are being mobilized in the face of the most serious public health crisis in more than a century. But these companies will only be successful if we learn the right lessons from the industrial mobilization that won the world’s biggest war. My book “Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in


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