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With free time the one commodity currently available in abundance, there has inevitably been a proliferation of deep thinking about what COVID-19 portends for electoral politics.

For some, the crisis is already sounding a death knell for neoliberalism, by demonstrating the true cost of underfunded public services and the state's capacity to take charge when motivated to so.

However, a contrary point of view offers that pandemics promote the psychological dispositions associated with conservatism ("disgust sensitivity") while discouraging those associated with liberalism ("openness to experience"), a subject neatly explored by the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt in his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.