Blame the covid. Nothing in the last 40 years has better exposed conservatism’s unique weaknesses. Nothing has better exposed liberalism’s unique strengths. To be sure, competition and economic self-interest are important qualities, but they cannot be allowed to overwhelm, and supplant, our obligations to each other, our duties to communities large and small, and our moral responsibility to take care of the republic. More than 591,000 are dead thanks to a president who refused to honor his oath. That’s what happens when a democratic community loses itself to the temptations of greed.