The attacks on Sept 11 created a national unity that, 20 years later, has not been repeated during the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Macy, professor of sociology, discusses today’s “fractured responses” in this Philadelphia Inquirer article.
“National tragedies often soothe political hostility as a country unites against a common threat, political scientists say. But today’s crises aren’t cooling the temperature. They’re often making it worse,” said Macy, who studies political polarization. “People are legitimately concerned for the stability of democratic institutions.”