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Having any concerns about how the Federal government has handled the COVID crisis? If anything in recent years has shown the thorny relationship between the fragility of life and the response of the federal government to healthcare issues, it has been the pandemic.
Timothy Snyder, acclaimed scholar of 20th Century Central/Eastern European History at Yale, and award-winning author of many books that explore the onsets of tyranny (including the enormously popular and #1 New York Times bestselling handbook, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century) recounts his recent near-death experience at a New Haven hospital in his new book, Our Malady. He braids his terrifying situation from his January 2020 illness into a manifesto on the malfeasance and profiteering of the current administration — its refusal to accept the advice from medical professionals — and the urgent need for healthcare to be considered a human right.
Like On Tyranny, consider Our Malady a brief and utterly compelling guide to healthcare reform, and human rights. Snyder asserts that our basic human needs include healthcare; without it, what does anything else even mean? What can we do to survive? Snyder gives us answers.
In conversation with Dr. Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology, and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is the Director of the Center for Disease Dynamics.