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The coronavirus shows how backward the United States has become

Mar 18, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs

Ever since John Winthrop boasted in 1630 that the Massachusetts Bay Colony would be "a city upon a hill," Americans have believed that we have a mission to lead the world, whether by the power of example or by sheer power. That self-confidence has been bolstered by a century of achievements: We saved Western civilization from German and Soviet militarism, built the most prosperous society in history, and landed a man on the moon.

Our self-confidence, verging on hubris, should be shaken by ...