The amnesia of a crisis, or why Doug Ford is still the worst - 2020-05-05
It's funny how trauma makes us forget. Sort of like how an intracranial hematoma can cause a gap in memory, so too can a shock to society or the economy. My case in point is the recent round of applause from mainstream media outlets for Ontario Premier Doug Ford's response to the coronavirus epidemic. It's almost as if Agent J from Men in Black whipped out the neuralyzer and deleted any memory of Ford's attacks on essential workers and the healthcare system the moment he declared a state of emergency.
In a time of crisis, public anxiety creates a great demand for leadership. And, in our desperation to have that demand filled, we lower our standards. You know the saying — desperate times call for desperate measures.
Sure, Ford has notably changed his tone as the gravity of the pandemic became irrefutable (although that should have been clear months ago given the dramatic responses of other countries). He's even displayed a considerable degree of seemingly genuine human emotion. Amazing.