Chapter 56 “the post pandemic world: the changing face of politics”
In the pandemics there were politicians of all spectrums. The were a few courageous and truthful ones seriously concerned about the economic. physical and psychological effects of the virus of the day but even in those cases it might be said their courage and determination was but a result of their poor planning and management of the medical system that was a contributor to a high pandemic fatality rate. I found it odd the creation of various state and provincial inquiries for the negligent mismanagement of long-term care in the First World countries yet there was not a single commission investigating the entire response of a country to the pandemic or whether its pre-pandemic management lead to overwhelmed medical systems. Perhaps a global inquiry was more in order.
In most of the developed world there was a marked move towards the left of the political spectrum. A care and compassion for all citizens and collective shame for the fatalities amongst the poor and particularly the aboriginal populations. Communist countries became more authoritarian and instigated a huge advanced artificial intelligence network to supress any criticism of their management of the pandemics. China led the pack although calling one of the most ruthless capitalist countries in the world communist was a bit problematic.
Africa and South America continued their never-ending love affair with military dictatorships.
Turkey and Iran and their chatter and fist raising was silenced by the limited nuclear attacks the United States had unleashed on them. In exchange for launching these nuclear attacks Israel finally agreed to the creation of a free Palestinian state.
The belligerent North Korea’s regime of Kim Jughead was crushed by rebellion and their public televised hanging cheered by millions of North Koreans who allied with South Korea to become “Unified Korea”.
Russia continued its Tsardom despite the death of Tsar Putin. And China and Russia formed an unholy alliance.
Canada continued as a stable democracy but the usual parties had changed with the People’s Health Party holding a majority in the House of Commons. Finally Quebec entered the Canadian fold again by electing 65 seats for the PHP. The Justice for the People Party became the chief opposition party.
Well the United States so badly hurt by the Trump mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic reverted in part to its deep distrust of politicians which was in essence a reason it handled the pandemic so badly. If you believe in absolute liberty then you can’t trust a political leader to manage anything. Thank goodness this attitude was more prevalent among the open carry states other than Texas and Florida where this anti-libertarian approach had caused enormous fatalities during the COVIDs. There were enough votes to keep the Democratic Party in power for quite some time.
The United Nations weathered the pandemic storm.