Suddenly, “social distancing” is our new national etiquette abruptly supplanting handshakes, hugs, gatherings, and other forms of ingrained communal behavior by us humans. Awkward. Disconcerting. Isolating.
Yet, as we frantically scramble to deter the health and economic ravages of Covid-19, we might benefit by pondering a self-inflicted cause of the contagion’s disastrous spread: Social distancing! For some 40 years, American corporations and governments have imposed economic, political, and social policies to distance the financial fortunes of the wealthy few from the well-being of the workaday majority.