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Coordination as the constraint, small addendum

April 08, 2020

In my last newsletter, I shared some things I learned about responding to crises.

Namely:

I wanted to add that this are not the universally optimal principles. These make sense when we have to improvise to take care of one another because the response and coordinating capacities of institutions fail.

It is much better when state and civic institutions can act as the adequate means through which a community takes care of itself.

Some of the problems of the improvised aid.

I realized I kind of take it for granted that American governments and large institutions will never be equal to the crises we will face, because I have never seen them be equal to a crisis.

But, that’s not what we should want.