But given the strange and uncertain times that we are in, and they are strange. And they are uncertain, with each day's news cycles bring more head spinning and disturbing headlines. And a politics of fear, and resentment, and retrenchment began to appear. And that kind of politics is now on the move.
Strongman politics are ascending suddenly. In the West, you've got far right parties that oftentimes are based not just on platforms of protectionism and closed borders, but also on barely hidden racial nationalism. And as with the denial of rights, the denial of facts runs counter to democracy. It could be its undoing, which is why we have to zealously protect independent media.
And we have to guard against the tendency for social media to become truly a platform for spectacle, and outrage, and disinformation.