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Ron Derby | Trump, Zuma, Bolsonaro - Just how much has 2008 pleasured our worst angels

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Whatever the outcome of the US elections and no matter how long we all have to wait for that determination, one thing is abundantly clear – we are in the age of bad politics. Horrendous to many and as always, it's the economy that has unleashed our worst angels.

Now, navel-gazing is something of a South African pastime in this little "island" on the African continent, and over the past decade we've had much to bemoan over the state of our politics with the exposure of rampant corruption and ineptitude that have been best espoused by some rather embarrassing revelations at the Zondo commission – and again over the past week. We have quite a colourful report card.

But as much as our state can be rather depressing, feeding into our national confidence crisis, I look around our neighbourhood to countries such as Nigeria and the US, as well as Europe, and can only think that what we are living through, is an age of bad politics. What has really brought us here, I think, is the 2008 global recession. It was a point in history when, I think, the tectonic plates really shifted.

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