"Everything in the United States right now is politicized and polarized, and when it comes to the pandemic, that's of course even more unfortunate," said Professor Andreas Wimmer from Columbia University at the talk show "Cultural Relativity".
"Well, everything in the United States right now is politicized and polarized, and when it comes to the pandemic, that's of course even more unfortunate; The federalist set up where you have municipalities, counties, states, and then the federal government, each pursuing their own policies and coordination between these different units is very weak. I don't think that any other Western country has something comparable to this deep anti-status kind of sentiment and distrust of the federal government. China is of course at the opposite on the spectrum. China has an extraordinarily centralized and unified government that is able to top-down and enforced uniform policy across the entire territory and the U.S. government is not set up to do that," said Professor Wimmer.