America’s Individualism Is Now Its Achilles’ Heel

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the dark side of our national self-image

Grand Central Terminal in New York City on March 16, 2020. Photo: Pacific Press/Getty Images

From its onset, Covid-19 has baffled the American psyche.

For a culture that believes the most immediate, central, and important thing is the individual self, fully comprehending the danger of a virus that can turn…