“This changes everything.” “This is a gamechanger.” Phrases like these have abounded in recent decades in the aftermath of catastrophes, market crashes, upheavals and revolutions. Yet after a suitable period of time, most things seem to return to normal or some recognizable semblance thereof. But most of those were one-off events, significant in impact but without the power to fundamentally change our societies, governments and business models.
Not this time. Unlike many other game-changers, the COVID-19 pandemic really seems to have changed everything. Everything. And it has staying power. In the past three decades, it can only be compared to the collapse of the Soviet Union and its empire. Nothing else really comes close — not even the stock market collapse in 2008, which eventually regained its standing. This pandemic is global in its reach, but local in its effects. Nations, communities, businesses, families — all manner of social and economic constructions — have had to react to the consequences of the pandemic and its impacts. Few have been spared, due to the manner and extent of globalization extant in our world. It has devastated national economies, personal relationships and everything in between…”
Excerpt from John L. Clarke, “Profound Implications,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 11, No. 2, 2021: 7-9.
Dr. John L. Clarke is a professor of security studies at the Marshall Center. His areas of
expertise include homeland security and homeland defense issues. He has developed and taught numerous courses on homeland security, crisis management and stability operations, as well as developed scenario-based exercises and simulations. He is an authority on the role of armed forces in domestic contingencies. His most recent book is What Should Armies Do? Armed Forces and Civil Security.
This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.