Between the pandemic, protests, and wildfires, could we have predicted that 2020 would eventually be described by many as the worst year on record? Niall Ferguson looks back at disaster preparedness through history and argues that 2020 was not simply an annus horribilis, but a year emblematic of how we are becoming worse at tackling catastrophe in the 21st century rather than better.
Niall Ferguson, the author of Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, is Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a trustee of the New-York Historical Society.
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