At this point in this worldwide Coronavirus crisis, I think it goes without saying that we are living in the middle of a significant transformational event, maybe the most significant in my lifetime, including World War II and 9/11. Hyperbole is pretty cheap right now in the public square and I don’t want to overdo it here, but I don’t think I’m exaggerating. There will be much more to come on the disruptive implications of this event as we deal with it in the coming months, but here are a few of my thoughts on the repercussions to be expected so far:
- Without doubt, globalization in all of its ramifications will be under renewed scrutiny, particularly as it pertains to the global trade system, supply chains, critical sourcing needs, the role of the WTO, and their implications for U. S. national security.
- In America in particular, the national health system will be subject to top to bottom analysis, with emphasis on the failure of strategic imagination in the current crisis.
- Quite obviously, due to the complete lack of credibility of the corrupt Communist regime in China, the relationship between China and the United States, as well as the rest of the world, will be revisited and significantly overhauled.
- In the delivery of U. S. education, both K-12 and higher, it has become even more obvious by the response to this crisis that the antiquated early 20th century delivery system can and should be junked in favor of one that more properly reflects America’s needs, technological capabilities, and student expectations. In fact, education delivery may never be the same.
Again, more to say later, after we have defeated this enemy and have had more time to reflect.