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Former professor plans virtual talk on battling coronavirus


George Lakey, sociologist, Quaker and former Swarthmore professor, will speak via Zoom on “The Nordic Secret to Battling Coronavirus: Trust,” at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, March 29, to the Newtown Quaker Meeting adult class (

Worship based on expectant silence will follow via Zoom at 11 a.m. The Meetinghouse is remaining closed due to coronavirus.

“The Norwegian health care system, with the single payer (the government) using taxes to administer the program, is more efficient and less expensive than the U.S. model, with its emphasis on private health insurance companies,” Lakey said.

“This means coronavirus tests and treatment are free in Norway. Everyone’s on the same side: that of the patients’ well-being, and that translates into a level of trust in the government that is not shared in the U.S.”

Lakey’s books include “How We Win: A Guide for Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning” and “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right and How We Can, Too.”