In the US, the Trump presidency may well see a second term. Climate change and government inertia are catching up with Australia's denialist government as Armageddon-like scenes unfold on our screens. In Britain, Boris Johnson continues his rocky road to Brexit. And then there is South Africa.
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering 'it will be happier... '
Alfred Lord Tennyson
You cannot help but be drawn to these two lines from Tennyson's The Foresters, especially if you're a hopeless optimist.
As we start 2020, we can only hope it will be happier than 2019 though all indications are to the contrary. The world is grappling with the complexity of inequality, but also with what seems to be an ever-increasing inability to determine what truth is, where "alternative facts" have become part of our common lexicon. The Trump presidency is perhaps the most graphic illustration of such a lack of commitment to truth. The chaotic nature of that presidency is built on a daily dose of falsehoods and a lack of impulse control. There is a powerlessness borne out of self-preservation among elected representatives in the US, and Trump will in all likelihood gain a...