What world do we want to live in when we no longer need to fear Covid-19? Just about everyone agrees the pandemic will change the world forever. Just about no-one agrees on what the new world will be or should be.

A hopeful view insists that the virus has revealed flaws in society that will be fixed. Anthony Fauci, who leads the US national response to Covid-19, says the country will need to sort out inequalities in its health system. Forbes magazine, hardly a radical voice, published an article predicting that the pandemic will make health care for all “a more standard view” and build support for a minimum wage and unemployment benefits...

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