Authors’ Note

1. “158 Million Americans Told to Stay Home, but Trump Pledges to Keep It Short,” The Coronavirus Outbreak, New York Times, March 23, 2020,

2. Josh Mitchell and Josh Zumbrun, “Coronavirus-Triggered Downturn Could Cost FiveMillion U.S. Jobs,” Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2020,


1. Appreciation to Greg Orman for the idea of learned helplessness.


1. David Foster Wallace, “This Is Water,” commencement address at Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, May 21, 2005, audio and transcript available on Farnam Street, ...

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