Charlie Croft discusses the legacy of Chiang Kai-shek and the dispute about whether his statues should be taken down in Taiwan.
"We can’t help but ask ourselves whether leaders care about leaving a planet behind on which the next generations can live."
"Covid is ripping apart public confidence in institutions globally: at least in Canada, we tell ourselves, we still get to speak our conscience. But what if my conscience tells me that these institutions need to be rebuilt from the ground up?"
The dire mismanagement of the crisis by populist-led governments has temporarily exposed the delusion of the populist promise, driving the people towards more conventional politics. However, populists in opposition are and can expect to continue seeing a surge of support, with the pandemic providing the ideal environment for them to exploit.