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  • Leadership Failure In The Time Of Covid 19

    One of the greatest failures of democracies (ahead of even appreciating sheer corruptibility at the highest levels), is the lack of judgment by the people of the competence of those whom they place in power. Examples of such failure abound throughout history – badly planned and executed wars being the most acute examples, along with egregious fumbling during economic crises, leaders who fail in the face of civil unrest, and – today – presidents and prime ministers who bungle, catastrophically, when confronted by natural disasters.

    Covid 19 is an ongoing natural disaster, and the people of Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States are paying the severe costs of having elected as leaders, those whose demonstrated incompetence, given the magnitude of the disaster, will mark them historically as the greatest bunglers of all time. Representing less than 7.8% of the world population, these three nations, today, account for nearly half of the world’s Covid 19 infections and deaths; and the blundering responses to this disease by Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Boris Johnson of the UK, and Donald Trump of the U.S. will headline the sections of history books devoted to the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020-2021, for decades – perhaps centuries – to come. In the short-term, a fast and furious political spin as well as deflection of public attention (We’re Going To Mars!), will soften the public’s current response to scrutiny into this abysmal lack of competence, but enough has been written already, and the facts painfully apparent, that historians will have an easy time fixing blame.


  • #2
    I wholehearted agree with your assertion.

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    • #3
      Electing bad leaders most likely happens due to uninformed voters.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TARB View Post
        Electing bad leaders most likely happens due to uninformed voters.
        I kind of disagree. Trump’s “competence” was built on his business acumen, which was based, in part, on a business model of failure, bankruptcy, stiffing creditors, and walking away – blaming everybody under the sun; while his “successes” were built on the backs of underpaid immigrants on temporary visas, and the best tax lawyers money can buy. This was known – and widely reported - but studiously avoided, by those to whom he pandered his racist and divisive views – ie. to those Americans eager to have their prejudices legitimized. His compromised “competence” in business was a fact, but simply ignored; so, calling those who voted for him as “uninformed” is giving them a pass they really don’t deserve. Those who still champion Trump’s business competence point - as he does himself, over and over - to the stock market rise, while he’s been in office; but only a moron can think that, after Republicans (who owned both houses of congress at the time) cut the capital gains tax by 50%, stock speculators (and I used to be one), wouldn’t take quick advantage – which they did. That he’s Wall Street’s favorite son, is undeniable, but thinking him a business whiz because of this, and by default, somehow, economically “competent” - is truly missing the point. It’s like seeing him crossing home plate, and thinking – and insisting - he hit a homerun. There really is nowhere to look to see any vestige of “competence” in his life – aside from earning good ratings on “The Apprentice” – which was clearly his comfort zone.

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