Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas


Writer, working on a book for @AAKnopf. Author of @TheTrueAmerican & #IndiaCalling. Bylines at @NYTimes. Chats at TED & on TV. Husband of @PriyaParker. Father.

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In other words, Friedman wants America to be governed by MarketWorld.

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Except it’s usually not a fix. It’s a patch. Their acts of fixing tend to be predicated on not solving the problem systemically, for all.

A paradox of this crisis: It makes solidarity more vital than ever, but it keeps us apart. @priyaparker , my barber (and wife), teamed up with @nytimes  to make a new podcast seeking out practical ways for us to be #TogetherApart .

The first episode concerns Passover, Easter, Ramadan, and other holidays. How to mark them when we are kept apart? @priyaparker  counsels Ellen, who has done Passover with 35 people for 40 years in the same room, to recreate some of that meaning on Zoom.

It’s hard to hope right now. But #TogetherApart  has some. I have watched as @priyaparker  locks herself in a closet, for a makeshift quarantine studio, and phone-coaches people who feel bereft through the reinvention and transformation of their gatherings.

The question that will govern so many gatherings now is one borrowed from Passover: How is this year different from all the other years? In all the obvious awful ways, of course. But what new ways of being together, of reconnecting, have become possible?

I’ve been teaching my five-year-old to write poems, and I asked him to write one for any of you feeling sad. But I’m not sure he heard me about the uplifting end.

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When this time passes, and it will, we are going to rush to escape so much of this condition. But there will also be things many of us never did until this time that we are going to keep. And, for me, a little bit of formal homeschooling is one of them.

You're quarantining. But you don't have to be lonely. @priyaparker  is here to help. Because interviewer options were limited, I will be interviewing her within the quarantine bubble at 12:30 p.m. ET in a live video on this site. Join us!

@BernieSanders  is dropping out. When I profiled him for @TIME  last year, these were the questions I walked away with, and a story I won't forget.

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A plot twist no one expected was Donald Trump accidentally stumbling into an experiment in single-payer healthcare before many Democrats could come around to the idea.

Does anyone still think it makes sense to tie health insurance to employment? Please reply if so and make the case to us. I am genuinely curious. (And please don’t reply otherwise, so we can see the arguments easily.)

When you see a virus donation by a company or billionaire, one question you might ask -- beyond whatever understandable gratitude you may feel -- is: Would this crisis have hit us as severely as it has had that money instead been paid as taxes or wages or worker benefits?

It is remarkable how, a century and a half later, the battle lines of the Civil War are still defining.

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This is a perfect moment for @JoeBiden  to step up and say, I’m an open-minded guy. I thought healthcare tied to jobs was the way to go. The virus has schooled me. I’m now for Medicare for All. Easiest policy evolution ever.

There aren’t a lot of situations that make a policy flip-flop not a flip-flop at all but a reaction to new reality. This pandemic is total cover for changing your mind on healthcare. No embarrassment. No charges of opportunism. You changed your mind because of new truths.

The pandemic is causing billionaires to ask: What can we do? A better question may be: What should they stop doing? The latest @teddyschleifer  joint.

Can billionaires save us? Are businesspeople specially capable of governing? Is the system rigged? Should healthcare be a product supplied by the market or a right? Can you fight injustice without focusing on race? The questions we debated before the pandemic now won't let go.

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