The general wisdom of the Covid-19 era is that we are collectively witnessing something coming to an end. What that might be, and whether its ending is to be desired or mourned, depends on your perspective.

Are we saying a final farewell to the halting experiment of humanism, and entering a tech-dominated future in which citizens embrace their roles as alienated automata? Or are we experiencing the protracted death convulsions of ancient hierarchies of race, gender, class and geography — a process partly impeded and partly advanced by the pandemic?

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