“The Giftie Gie Us”: How Other Countries View America’s Response to COVID-19 — and Why It Matters

Michael Austin
10 min readJul 20, 2020

O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us! — Robert Burns, “To a Louse”

On May 15, the venerable British newspaper, The Guardian, led with the shocking headline “World Looks On in Horror as Trump Flails Over Pandemic Despite Claims that US Leads the Way.” The article gives a…

Michael Austin

Michael Austin is a former English professor and current academic administrator. He is the author of We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America’s Civic Tradition