- 19 Jan 17
Ahead of Trump's Inauguration tomorrow, Hot Press reflects on global politics and what the next four years could hold.
Where to start? I know I’ve said it before, but Captain Boyle’s assertion in Juno and the Paycock that “Th’ whole worl’s in a terrible state o’ chassis” sounds just about right for the beginning of 2017. It’s not just the bleeding obvious like the launch of the Trump era in the US, and the mayhem of Syria. It’s everywhere and has the potential to drag everything and everyone down.
In the space of two years we have passed from faint but real hopes for a better future to downright dystopia. All the good things that were foreseen for the interconnected world have been trumped by fears of exploitation by the major tech companies – and of hacking and cyberattacks by Governments and criminals alike.
Democracy is under consistent attack from a range of forces, including various States as well as non-governmental forces. Neo-nazism and white supremacism, both rebranded as ‘alt-right’, are on the rise as is their corollary, fundamentalist Islamic terrorism.