Democracy & Government

Don’t Let Trump Fool You: Right-Wing Populism Is the New Normal

Right-wing populist candidates have sprung up all over Europe as well as in the US. It's the product of democracy in crisis, says Gary Younge.

Don't Let Trump Fool You: Right-Wing Populism Is the New Normal

Gary Younge is one of the most interesting voices to emerge in journalism over the past 15 years. He came to the US from Britain in 2002, “with the drums of war beating to a deafening crescendo.” I recall reading his first column in The Nation when he arrived stateside and vowing not to miss him thereafter. His take on our politics and culture was fresh; the starkness of his truth-telling was bracing. You’ll want to read No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the American South, and The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream.

He has returned to London to live and work but keeps a keen eye on what is happening here. In this video for The Guardian, he connects the dots between the rhetoric of Donald Trump and the GOP presidential candidates and right-wing candidates in other Western countries. Here is what happens when corporations have more power than government of, by, and for the people.

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