Solidarity and Survival

Whether it’s earthquakes, famines, or floods, the social contract is continuously put to the test in times of calamity

“The Peaceful City,” detail of the fresco “Allegory of Good and Bad Government” by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, 1338–40 via Wikimedia Commons

From lightning and tempest; from earthquake, fire, and flood; from plague, pestilence, and famine, Good Lord, deliver

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