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Looking Ebola in the eye, with help from Camus
Looking Ebola in the eye, with help from Camus

Ebola's exponential growth and extraterritorial reach has caused commentators across the ideological spectrum — from former U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Anthony Zinni to the Daily Kos — to describe the spread of the virus as an “existential threat.” For liberals and conservatives alike, “existential” is a nuts-and-bolts adjective relating to the existence of the human species. Who doesn't agree that, if left unchecked, Ebola poses an “existential” menace because it threatens our collective existence? But dress the term in a trench coat and give it a Gauloise to smoke and, voilá, “existential” means something...

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