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'Strongmen' threatening the world's future

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15.08.2019

A most worrying feature of the significant, almost global, movement away from traditional centrist political parties/governments over the last several years, often to the extremes (Right or Left), has been the emergence of the so-called "strongmen" as leaders.

Donald Trump in the US, Xi Jinping in China, Vladimir Putin in Russia, Boris Johnson in the UK, Kim Jong-un in North Korea, Viktor Orban in Hungary, Recap Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey, Rodigo Duterte in the Philippines, to mention only the major ones.

Yes, all men! While we justifiably worry increasingly about "gender balance" here in Australia, the global imbalance in leadership should be alarming. Just imagine how different the emerging world would be if all these strongmen were strongwomen?

Unfortunately, the hallmark characteristic of these strongmen so far has just been "disruption". While all would claim to be motivated by their "national interest", and argue that they are able to provide the 'shake-up" needed in each of their countries, if not beyond, it is very, very hard, indeed, to see their "policies" as genuinely in their national interest, and........

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