Fear, Safety and Lies in the Age of Covid

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

— Ben Franklin, who was not talking about Covid-19

A used N-95 mask, seen from the inside.

Militant conservatives are re-defining the effort to fight COVID-19 as a matter of personal fear: If you’re afraid, go ahead and stay home, but the rest of us want to work. And we don’t want to wear…