IAN BREMMER: Covid-19 may be the kind of crisis the world needs
Covid-19 might just be big enough to force us to contemplate seriously how to reform society, but not big enough to pose an existential threat to humanity
These last few months haven’t been easy. But the current pandemic may very well be the kind of crisis that the world has not only been waiting for, but actually needs.
The world is broken. The global order we’ve had in place since World War 2 is in tatters, and no-one knows what comes next; global co-operation is at its lowest point in living memory. Capitalism isn’t working for far too many, evinced by the ever-widening rates of inequality. Representative democracy too, as political levers have been increasingly seized by special interests, governments are unable to respond to changing social shifts and demands, and social safety nets fail to catch enough people for long enough to provide an adequate sense of security...