Nobody knows whether the Covid impact on society and democracy will be deep and lasting, or not. However, more than a game-changer, it looks like an accelerator of the “old” normal. Some of the most common democratic problems associated with the pandemic response around the world are the following: lack of government transparency; government abuse of power; limits to free movement; disinformation and conspiracy theories; problems of electoral freedom and fairness; government monitoring and privacy violations. When public health becomes the only priority, almost automatically democracy goes in a “state of exception”. The big questions are: for how long? And will it disappear completely after the emergency or will it leave traces on our political systems? So, Covid is a new trigger which is stressing democracy, it looks like a pharmakos, medicine or poison for the future of our rights and freedom. If the emergency will last, the chance to be poison increase. If not, we can reduce the effects of the state of exception and come back to normal democratic life.
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