The Covid-19 oxygen crisis: How did we get here? Part 4. Political battlegrounds


If the world had never been more empowered and connected as we entered 2020, from the freedoms and benefits of globalisation to the immersive and rapidly advancing digital technologies that enabled our social constructs, then it had also not been as divided for a great many years as proliferating pockets of extremism were in play around the world. 

By the end of 2019, the world was in a heightened period of political polarisation, seemingly the culmination of a cycle of extremities in both political sciences and cultural attitudes that had been bubbling under the surface for a decade prior. 

In or out. Leave or remain. Democracy or dictatorship. Trade and trust, or paranoia and protectionism. Liberal left or hard right. These were just a handful of the political battlegrounds being fought across the globe. 

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