This is the first great crisis of the post-American world,” former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt tweeted on Wednesday. “The UN Security Council is nowhere to be seen, G20 is in the hands of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the White House has trumpeted America First and Everyone Alone for years. Only the virus is globalized.”
In its succinct conflation of the new coronavirus with a crisis of globalization under U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” banner, Bildt’s tweet represents a common line of thinking. It is also wrong.
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