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What past disasters can teach us about how to deal with covid-19

Technology historian Mar Hicks reflects on how catastrophes often reveal long-running structural inequalities and force those in power to fix them.
by Karen Hao

What has the role of disasters been in shaping society throughout history?

Disasters tend to make structural failures and long-running structural inequalities glaringly obvious. They force them to a crisis point. And ideally these terrible events then force people to reckon with ongoing problems that have been ignored by those in power.

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