The option presented in this article should have been put on the table of rational discussion. But it wasn’t.
Western democracy failed us in three regards. First, it should have not downplayed the Wuhan situation (and I should add that the media did a pretty good job of informing us that something bigger than the flu was coming down the line). Second, we should have had that rational discussion (but we didn’t because, in part, the medium hyped up this illness to the point where politicians had few options that were politically acceptable). Third, we didn’t have a medical or monetary plan in place to handle this situation. We cobbled together systems that normally take months and years to put into place. Between the pandemic and the cobbling of new system, we have upset equilibriums that have been working well for years.
If we assume that “representative democracy” can only be modelled as current forms of western democracies, then it is safe to assume that the next time a pandemic gets to be a worldwide situation, our political system will produce a similar response.
But what if we had a different kind of representative democracy.