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Niall Ferguson's New Book Explains Why We're Getting Worse (Not Better) At Handling Disasters

Posted by WWSG Staff on Apr 27, 2021 8:34:00 AM

"All disasters are in some sense man-made."

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The highly anticipated book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe by

WWSG exclusive speaker Niall Ferguson releases Tuesday, May 4th!

 

Setting the annus horribilis of 2020 in historical perspective, Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters.

Disasters are inherently hard to predict. Pandemics, like earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises. and wars, are not normally distributed; there is no cycle of history to help us anticipate the next catastrophe. But when disaster strikes, we ought to be better prepared than the Romans were when Vesuvius erupted, or medieval Italians when the Black Death struck. We have science on our side, after all.
Yet in 2020 the responses of many developed countries, including the United States, to a new virus from China were badly bungled. Why? Why did only a few Asian countries learn the right lessons from SARS and MERS? While populist leaders certainly performed poorly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Niall Ferguson argues that more profound pathologies were at work--pathologies already visible in our responses to earlier disasters.

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