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by Daniel W. Tigard, Ph.D.

In recent days, an increasing number of individuals have disobeyed policies restricting mass gatherings to rally in support of government officials reopening the state and the country. Such protests have been fueled by conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones and other public figures who claim that the lockdowns, which are intended to decrease the spread of COVID-19, are schemes aimed at disrupting the economy and undermining Trump’s presidency. Notably, Trump too has voiced support for easing the lockdown restrictions, particularly in states led by Democratic governors. And just like that, as some have observed, efforts at increasing solidarity in troubling times can wither into yet another radically bipartisan political quibble.…

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by Daniel W. Tigard, Ph.D.

As our evening entertainment during the recent weeks of social distancing, my wife and I have been watching the TV rendition of The Handmaid’s Tale, based upon Margaret Atwood’s important novel. It is a captivating yet disturbing story of a dystopian future in which a mysterious disease brings about alarming drops in human fertility rates. As a result, a powerful fundamentalist religious sect seizes control of what was the United States, enslaves and rapes the young women who remain fertile, and institutes a highly segregated social order complete with color-coded uniforms for the differentiated members of society: blood red for the handmaids, an elegant blue for the esteemed wives, and so on.…

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by Daniel W. Tigard, Ph.D.

I frequent a bakery in my neighborhood, every two or three days. I buy my bread—usually the same sort, but sometimes I switch things up. I consume it and enjoy it. End of story.

I don’t know exactly how bread is made. I believe it involves yeast, which I understand is alive in some sense. If I really wanted to know more, I suppose I could ask the baker. But he would most likely give me an agitated look and move on to sell his goods to the next customer. He might even outright refuse. After all, this bread is among the best in town, and revealing how he makes it—its ingredients, the precise oven temperature, and so on—may well jeopardize the continuing success of the bakery.…

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