After the virus, will we choose solidarity or division?
“Economic inequality” is an important but arid term. “Unequal suffering” speaks more directly to our humanity. The coronavirus pandemic and its consequences remind us that the two are inseparable. Some of us are enduring far more hurt than others.I write this knowing I’m on the lucky end, so far at least: My wife and I have been able to keep working while so many others have not. We’re together when too many of our fellow citizens are isolated. We have a roof over our heads, which makes this moment much easier for us than for those who are homeless or live in cramped spaces.It’s true that I have often argued for doing more to reduce inequality, so perhaps I’m falling into the trap of using the crisis to advance views held long before anyone had heard of covid-19. Nonetheless, there are times when dramatic new facts call for new conversations among those who have long disagreed.There is already evidence this is happening in the willingness of Republicans to acknowledge that government has an essential role to play in keeping our economy from collapsing. A particularly striking example was the recent Post op-ed by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) calling on Congress