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Earlier this week, Time Magazine chose Greta Thunberg as their Person of the Year for 2019. Finding it totally unnecessary to explain exactly who the 16-year-old Thunberg is, constitutes some proof the magazine made the right choice.
Many people took to social media to criticize TIME’s choice, comparing it to the choice of Hitler in 1938 and Stalin the following year. Some seem to be under the impression the person or persons selected should be chosen for their goodness or positive contributions to society. But that is not the case.
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TIME defines its “Person of the Year” as “the person or group of people who had the greatest influence on the events of the year —for better or worse.” (TIME) Choosing the Person of the Year is of course subjective and people can always say the magazine should have chosen X instead of Y. But there is little doubt Hitler was not a legitimate selection as a person who had the greatest impact on the world in 1938. The same can be said of Stalin the following year.
And so it is with Greta, although she, of course is not being compared to Hitler. If we have learned anything from the left only Donald J. Trump can be compared to the late German Führur. Nevertheless as an influential newsmaker, Thunberg deserves TIME’s designation.
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