The farther we live from one another the less we want to live.
Population density is the most underrated variable at the heart of our politics, our economics and our health.
No other variable explains COVID mortality rates better. And, I’d venture, that few other variables better explain our desires to live and die.
Durkheim, the late-19th century sociologist, made population density the center of his method while Marx and Weber obsessed over class, status and party.
More than a century after his death, the distance from each other is a potent variable we’d be remiss to dismiss.