Paul Krugman+ Your Authors @paulkrugman Nobel laureate. Op-Ed columnist, @nytopinion. Author, “The Return of Depression Economics,” “The Great Unraveling,” "Arguing With Zombies," + more. Jul. 19, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Coming back to this shocking-but-not-surprising report about how the Trumpists decided that we should live free and die. I was struck by how Italy (!) became first a reassuring model, then an unattainable ideal 1/ 

The divergence in per capita deaths since late April is really striking 2/

How many Americans would still be alive if we had matched Italy's performance? Around 40,000 so far. And we're losing >20K each month more than we would if we had brought deaths down to Italian levels 3/

Again, we're not talking about some super-capable authoritarian regime. We're talking about a country often seen as the sick man of Europe; but unlike America, it's run by people who actually care if their citizens die 4/

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