The Panic Epidemic
In this piece for the NYT's Sunday Review, I try to explain (with a bit of humor) why the government has implemented a sometimes absurd series of restrictions.
My conclusion is that the government has to resort to big, showy measures because it has to be seen to do something dramatic--this is what the population expects of it, and it's only draconian measures that can convince the public that enough is being done. To a degree this is a universal theme in politics but I think it's more pronounced here in China, and in this piece I explain why.
To read it in Chinese, please click here.