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Avner de-Shalit

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Avner de-Shalit is Chair for Democracy and Human Rights and Dean of Social Sciences at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is a co-author of The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age.

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    The Ethics of Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccination

    Peter Singer

    In the United States and some other countries, members of disadvantaged racial and ethnic minorities have a lower-than-average life expectancy, and therefore are under-represented among those most likely to die from COVID-19. How should policymakers weigh this and other factors specific to population sub-groups? 

    argues that the overriding principle guiding who gets inoculated first must be to save the most lives.
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    The Cure for Demagogic Populism

    Michael Lind

    Demagogues such as US President Donald Trump emerge when conventional politicians and party establishments ignore large groups of a country’s population. The best way to counter them is to incorporate alienated constituencies into mainstream politics and address their legitimate grievances.

    argues that a disease of representative democracy can be treated only by making democracy more representative.
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