Wednesday, May 02, 2018

"Populism Is Reshaping Our World" (from The Economist)



Populism Is Reshaping Our World” (from Economist films, 15 minutes):


The film starts with the rejection of a referendum in Italy, but soon gets into the basic causes of populism. While today it is often related to protectionism and restricting immigration, as cause of the loss of jobs, as well as anti-intellectualism, the film maintains that it is fueled by the way technology can destroy jobs, but that has always been true. It’s also understandable that an individualistic culture, which has been particularly focused on gender economic equality, can drive a “winner takes all” economy;  if people don’t give back on their own, you’ll see the rise of authoritarianism.

What Is Populism and How Is It Shaping Global Politics from ThinkProgress makes similar points (5 minutes).  Populists tend to state solutions in very simple terms.
   
Both short films come from early 2017, shortly after Trump took office.

Let me also point to this 90-minute inteview in Britain about Brexit, "The Rise of Populism and the Backlash Against the Elites", here (2016). 

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