PATRICK BULGER | Democracy in 2021: can you imagine Hitler with a Twitter account?

Embrace of due process, empirical data and civilised norms is no match for the relentless march of the algorithm

It’s a good thing for those of us who live in liberty that the world’s epoch-defining struggle for freedom ended in 1945, and not in 2021. Quite apart from the now-mandatory show-spoiling emissions limits that would have stopped a decent military dust-up in its tracks, how would we wage real, merciless war when the troops are all on Instagram, or TikTok? Learning German phases, being multicultural, New Age? #D-Daylandings trending?..

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