The four large countries where the virus is growing the fastest - Brazil, Russia, the U.K. and U.S. - have something in common. They're led by "illiberal populists" who frequently reject the views of experts.
When this observation was first made, clever, well-read people on here pooh-poohed the simplistic framing. But here it is in . There’s something that connects US, UK, Russia & Brazil beyond mass death
The hardest hit countries have 'leaders' who reject science & expertise.
The 4 large countries where coronavirus cases have recently been increasing fastest are Brazil, the U.S., Russia and Britain. And they have something in common.
"Brazil, Russia, Britain and the U.S. have something in common."
The four large countries where coronavirus cases have been increasing fastest — Brazil, the United States, Russia and Britain — all have one thing in common: they are all run by populist male leaders who cast themselves as anti-elite & anti-establishment.
“The four large countries where coronavirus cases have recently been increasing fastest...are all run by populist male leaders who cast themselves as anti-elite and anti-establishment.”
Again, what determines the effectiveness of the response to #Covid19 is not the nature of the political system-whether authoritarian or democratic-but the quality (or lack thereof) of the leadership.
Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders
Countries led by women have been some of the most successful in controlling the coronavirus. Least successful: countries run by male “illiberal populists,” like the US
The four large countries where coronavirus cases have recently been increasing fastest are Brazil, the United States, Russia and Britain. And they have something in common.
Turns out, illiberal populism is deadly during a pandemic.
Equating Johnson with Bolsonaro; completely ignoring Hungary's Orban - much closer to illiberal populism - who had huge success against Covid19. Cheap editorializing-as-news again at the NYT.
Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders
These are only two countries, but if you look globally this trend is much broader. Countries with divisive, populist leaders are faring far worse during the pandemic.
"Illiberal populists tend to reject the opinions of scientists." Looking beyond rejection of #PublicHealth science, right-wing #Populism also undermines: * #COVID19 prevention through #HumanRights infringements & * #GlobalSolidarity through #Nationalism.
Hate knowledge? Reap disease.
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Populist male leaders casting themselves as anti-elite and anti-establishment are doing a terrible job in the pandemic. (And not just in the pandemic!)
Leaders who “claim to have a kind of common-sense wisdom that the experts lack. This doesn’t work very well versus Covid-19.” ⁦
Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders
Pandemic thrives where democracy is dead or dying. Trump/Johnson/Putin/Bolsonaro are 4 Horseman of Apocalypse presiding over 4 countries with worst #COVID19 track records. Science denial/fake news are lethal luxuries humanity can't afford. Great piece
Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders
Countries faring the worst during #COVID19 are those run by populist strong man chauvinists who like to divide and rule. They also deny #ClimateChange exists. #ICantBreathe Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders
Illiberal right wing leaders don’t invest in the public institutions & programs needed to respond to a pandemic or deliver public goods. Cc ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
"Very often they rail against intellectuals and experts of nearly all types...The leaders, he said, 'claim to have a kind of common-sense wisdom that the experts lack. This doesn’t work very well versus Covid-19.'"
The prefect storm: anti-science populism & a pandemic + in US major inequalities 😳 Where the Virus Is Growing Most: Countries With ‘Illiberal Populist’ Leaders #COVID19 #ScienceMatters #hcsm #stayhome
These are all true, but if you look at the global results the US is a massive outlier. There are many countries doing much better under different leadership models.