Godwin’s Law, one of the funniest and most incisive principles of the digital age, posits that the longer an online discussion continues, the higher the likelihood things will escalate to a point where one or another party mentions Hitler or the Nazis. I recognize that with the title “Worse Than Hitler,” I may lose some readers. Out of the gate, I’m already an egregious case-study in Godwin’s Law. But I am prepared to take that risk. For me, the stakes of remaining silent are too high.

My father fled Nazi Germany in 1939 at the age of six, coming to…

Eugene Jarecki • Wednesday, March 24, 2020

I recognize with this third “Silver Linings” note that there’s an urgency to current events that makes philosophic reflection feel ill-timed — that the global imperative to flatten the curve must be everyone’s highest priority. Greta Thunberg has said as much, and she’s always right. Yet, without wishing to distract from this in any way, and with undiminished awe at the inspiring examples of the human spirit we see every day, I feel we must continue the vital work of considering the larger picture of Covid-19 from a spiritual, social, historical, and political…

“On the paradox of self-quarantining.”

Eugene Jarecki • Wednesday, March 18, 2020

I hope you read this whole note, because I think there’s a bunch of good stuff in it. But if you’re short on time, I leave you with this single thought: The paradox of self-quarantining is that while people may think of it as isolation, it’s likely the most collectivist thing they have ever done. Why? When else have individual people looked at their every action as if it matters, as if every cough matters? When have people, en masse, self-limited for the sake of the collective on…

“The Best to be Imagined”

Eugene Jarecki • Sunday, March 14, 2020

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of rather optimistic thoughts I have on the present circumstance. Like anyone, I understand the gravity of the global situation, which, as ever, promises to unleash its worst on people far less privileged than me. …

(This editorial first appeared in The Washington Post.)

The National Debt Clock hangs above New York City’s Avenue of the Americas as a persistent reminder of a clear message: The United States is recklessly living beyond its means, and this will have grave future consequences. In the same symbolic spirit, it is time for the establishment of a national “death clock” to measure the cost in human lives of President Trump and his team’s reckless handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reports show that as early as January, the president was advised by both his own experts and the intelligence services…

Eugene Jarecki

Eugene Jarecki is a filmmaker and activist. He co-Chairs the Election Super Centers Project, with over 70 arenas and stadiums across America now open for voting

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