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Jakarta   /   Fri, October 2 2020   /  01:00 am
The Jakarta Post Chief Editor M. Taufiqurrahman (right) and his predecessor Nezar Patria.(JP/Handout)

What a time to be alive. If we can come out of the other side unscathed, 2020 will certainly be one of the most consequential moments in human history. Last year, who would have thought that a flu-like pandemic could kill more than 1 million people, infect more than 34 million and drive tens of millions of people to unemployment. The last time the world saw this kind of plague was more than a century ago during the Spanish flu pandemic. And as if the pandemic was not bad enough, it strikes at the worst time possible, when even in the world's most developed nations, politics has gone south. Everywhere we look, when democracy is regressing, populism is rising and political polarization is running high. In most countries, COVID-19 only serves to aggravate some of the political problems and its consequences could be dire. In places where populist leaders are in charge, their dis...