Pandemic response fuelled by feel-good nationalism


Nicholas Chan

Even if nationalism has strengthened our resolve to flatten the Covid-19 curve, it’s not certain that it can help us survive the unprecedented economic crisis resulting from the pandemic. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Irwan Majid, May 4, 2020.

IS nationalism the cure to Covid-19? Obviously not. A vaccine is.

But nationalism does play a big part in how we deal with the coronavirus until a vaccine arrives. It is the collective identity invoked in the face of a collective action problem, because unless everyone complies with restriction orders, these orders won’t work.


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