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Which images will linger in the mind when it's all over?

Donald Trump whipping up the MAGA crowds, dismissing the virus as a hoax perpetrated by the Democrats to unseat him, juxtaposed with refrigerated white lorries loaded with New Yorkers' bodies? The UK prime minister's enthusiastic endorsement of hand-shaking "continuously" amid No 10 discussions about "herd immunity"? Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro spreading such egregious misinformation that Twitter had to remove two of his tweets? Viktor Orban leading Hungary into dictatorship under cover of pandemic emergency measures? The video of a desperate Chinese doctor pleading to be heard alongside news of his death from the virus he tried to warn us about and the Chinese Communist Party's "solemn apology" to his family?

How much will we remember of this queasy sense of a deeply fragmented world, of market-obsessed, climate-denying, libertarian culture warriors taking the hilarious "stick it to the libtards/sheeple" line well beyond a joke? Will we remember EU leaders continuing to bicker uselessly over eurobonds - reviving the tiring old crash-era battle about pooling liability versus "negative incentives"? Argentina slipping into another technical default? Vultures circling over corpses on the streets of Guayaquil, the Ecuadorean gateway to the Galapagos? The despair of African health officials over the almost total absence of ventilators?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Apr 10th, 2020 at 12:54:33 AM EST

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