Ending Federalism as We Know It

A new book shows how the fragmented American state arrests democracy. What we need is nothing short of a reconstruction.

Illustration by Joe O'Donnell

The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic were heady ones for federalism apologists. As the Trump administration dithered, governors took center stage, issuing emergency declarations, holding daily press conferences clad in polo shirts, brandishing slide decks from McKinsey & Company, and outlining their strategies for controlling the spread of the virus while “safely” reopening state […]

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