President Trump. It's Brexit All Over Again.
Donald Trump has become the new President of the United States of America. It's official. He beats Hillary Clinton with over 276 electoral votes (270 required to win).
Nobody should ever believe opinion polls again. It's Brexit all over again with opinion polls predicting a win for Hillary Clinton that simply did not materialise.
Donald Trump has become the new President of the United States of America and the whole world is a more insecure place.
What happens now? Global stock markets are sinking. The Mexican peso is digging a hole as deep as possible. The United States and the entire world wakes up with the strongest hangover in human history.
Why are populists popular?
Because they give people a chance to blame someone else for their problems. The other. The foreigner. The alien. The people who don’t belong to this country.
“For the state must draw a sharp line of distinction between those who, as members of the nation, are the foundation and support of its existence and greatness, and those who are domiciled in the state, simply as earners of their livelihood there.
Very important that firms declare how much of their workforce is foreign because they’re just domiciled in this state simply as earners of their livelihood.
They’re not members of the nation, they’re not members of the foundation and the support of the nation’s existence and greatness.”
These lines could have been written or spoken by any of the populist characters you can think of, even President Donald Trump. It was actually written by Adolf Hitler, in Mein Kempf.
It is quite unfortunate, to say the least, that many people forgot that Adolf Hitler reached power through an election after the German economy had collapsed. Whilst the mainstream political parties couldn’t handle the terrible consequences of the financial crisis of 1929, Hitler offered angry people convenient scapegoats, pledged to restore law and order in Germany and also promised he would restore Germany’s former greatness and glory. “Make Germany Great Again” Hitler would certainly say today. The frustration was growing and people were so desperate for solutions and for hope that they decided to turn to the Nazi party.
Rings a bell?
Back to the... past.
The same ideologies, the same methods, the same speeches, the same solutions are spreading again.
Tongues are now loose and it suddenly seems alright for populist and nationalist politicians across Europe to use a once muted and underground far-right extremist and xenophobe language in the media, in political rallies and in election campaigns.
It now seems perfectly acceptable and even mainstream for them to poison the airwaves with their vile and racist language. It is not limited to the old Continent though. Didn’t Donald Trump become the international symbol of the racist alt-right movement during the 2016 Presidential campaign in the United...
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