The journalist and collaborator of El Periódico, displays in his newest e-book ‘The evanescent cities’ (Ed. Peninsula) on the consequences of covid-19 in a liquid and solitary society that rejects the reality and prefers to embrace populist denials like Donald Trump’s .
In your e-book you speak about the truth that the pandemic has modified society and its manner of relating. Do you suppose the identical factor occurs with international locations and their diplomatic relations? The pandemic has put us within the mirror. We’re little and we spend some huge cash on weapons to combat enemies that solely exist within the creativeness. The 5 international locations that run the United Nations Safety Council along with Germany are the principle producers of weapons and will direct world peace, however a tiny virus has turned all the things the other way up. We have now to provide you with one thing good, particularly if the Democrats win Georgia as a result of then Biden would have management of the Senate. You will need to change the narrative of those final 4 years of Trump’s mandate.
Do you suppose that the covid has pressured Trump’s departure from the White Home? í. He didn’t perceive what was occurring and utilized a continuing coverage primarily based on lies, private assault and insult. Individuals all have in some way somebody they know affected and the federal government’s insurance policies to cope with the virus haven’t existed. He has cared extra about himself, his re-election, and his ego than about his residents. That has even led to him being crushed by a foul candidate like Democrat Joe Biden.
Do you suppose that the world order and the main international locations in decision-making will stay the identical after the pandemic? The Large 5 of the Safety Council and the US as the principle energy will proceed to develop, however China’s cruising velocity will most likely be greater. Till now, it was anticipated that by 2050 the Asian nation would dominate amongst world powers, but it surely might occur a lot earlier.
“China’s cruising velocity will get greater and better”
How will this new Chinese language management have an effect on different international locations? It would rely on how it’s. No change happens in a peaceable manner, however it’s totally different if there’s a battle or if it happens regionally within the China Sea, as most level in and out which the video games already give the US because the loser. What is evident is that the Chinese language have a bonus over the remainder that’s that they don’t seem to be in a rush. They’re clear about their purpose and don’t thoughts ready 50 or 100 years to realize it. They arrive from a communist dictatorship and are nonetheless one however capitalist. The EU in all this could take the chance to search out its personal voice and its personal path.
Does this acceleration of Chinese language management open the door to authoritarianism in locations the place it was virtually banished at this level? One of many nice dangers we face is authoritarian democracy. China is clearly a dictatorship by which in case you comply with the sport it’s delicate and you may even grow to be a millionaire, however in case you do not comply with the sport it would get you. If we had been conscious of all the things we stock on the cellphone, of the flexibility for folks and organizations to know all the things about you, we might be extra cautious. But when tomorrow a regulation pressured us to present all this data for well being causes, there could be protests within the streets.
“We can not bear success or failure, we solely settle for mediocrity”
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Do you suppose this truth will assist folks to open their eyes and grow to be conscious of all this lack of freedom? No. The nice tragedy of our time, which has come to mild now however comes from the disaster of 2008 and even the late Eighties with the time of the conservative counter-revolution, is that this society just isn’t within the reality. That is an issue for severe journalists and politicians, not adventurers like Trump and Bolsonaro, and it poses a terrific menace to democracy. It’s a sort of liquid society that solely lives within the second and that solely cares in regards to the ‘like’ and the influence and that seeks repetition for acceptance. Fact and benefit have disappeared. We don’t tolerate success or failure, we solely settle for mediocrity.
On this context by which the liquid society will develop, will relationship issues comparable to racism and distrust happen extra regularly? Sure. Trump’s departure from the White Home doesn’t imply the top of populism. The entire breeding floor is there and in the US it is vitally clear. We’re ready to see how he returns, whether or not beneath a brand new Trump time period in 2024 or beneath the steering of a brand new politician, with much less ego and extra seriousness, which might be way more harmful. As within the 30s when the births rose, individuals are afraid and don’t really feel belonging, they solely look for easy options.