The following is a project created by Eden Turner for the Global Pandemics in an Unequal World taught by Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.
This paper examines the popular wartime rhetoric that many governments have employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, while arguing that the United States could have been more successful in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 with a narrative of collective social action. To explore America’s ability to adapt to a new narrative, I will include two short interviews with Anya Schiffrin, Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Nina Khrushcheva, Professor of International Affairs at The New School. The United State’s culture of radical individualism impedes any benefits of collective action, while the use of wartime rhetoric only serves as a stand-in for coherent strategy and meaningful action.
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