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Having endured a decade of economic stagnation and political disruption, states are now confronted by their most elementary duty: to protect the public.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
None of us will emerge unchanged from the present crisis.
Even if the right choices are made and the economy is successfully preserved, different ways of living and organising will have to be found.
In 2020 many people will become involuntary slackers. Boredom, despair and loneliness kill too.
The US is trying to catch up with the rest of the world as the president continues to undercut experts.
The evisceration of the calendar has been a weirdly disorienting disruption.
After failing to prepare, the UK now faces a grave shortage of the machines that will keep critical patients alive.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
On its launch her new novel The Mirror and the Light sold a copy every 2.7 seconds.
Since the attacks of 9/11, progressives have endured a series of profound shocks – but coronavirus looks like a new and more disturbing portent.
Surrealism, strikers on the streets and viral anxiety in the French capital.
The coronavirus crisis exposes blowhard leaders such as Donald Trump for the charlatans they are. Yet the widespread mood of fear and anxiety plays to their strengths as borders close and normal life breaks down.
Many believe Russia's number of confirmed infections is inaccurate – the chronically underfunded state healthcare system is ill-equipped to administer the number of tests needed.
A behavioural economist’s powerful insights about how acting in our individual interests can be collectively self-defeating.
A new poem by Claudine Toutoungi.
How systemic sexual violence is deployed as a battlefield tactic
Personal accounts of the trauma and joy of becoming a mother are also a persistent and flourishing trend.
This thoughtful documentary looks at Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood with a real curiosity and a lovely melancholy.’ says the documentary. So true.
Any similarities between Catherine Deneuve and Fabienne Dangeville, the veteran movie star she plays in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film The Truth, are entirely intentional.
Andy Warhol was once the embodiment of sleazy-glitzy chic, but 30 years after his death his legacy is looking shaky.
Greenberg merges the biographical Brontë story with
the landscape of their juvenalia: the “half-abandoned stories” of Glass Town.
In Fellowes' world, servants always love their employers; they would work 365 days a year for them if they could.
From sugar to “freedom fries”, eating - or not eating - can be a powerful form of political expression.
I have been so affected by the national mood that I even bought a cauliflower.
To my surprise they each return quite speedily with the news that they will meet me in Soho at 7:30pm.
And yet, for about half of my life there was no regular football on TV. How did I cope?
The writer on Syria, The Sopranos and memories of her father.
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