The core orthodoxies of neoliberalism are under attack by populist forces, and commentators are scrambling for a response. Some are suggesting more left-wing red meat. Others, a moment of self-reflection. But a number of pundits are doing that most noxious of political commentary pastimes—equating right and left responses to the failures of globalization and advocating that “elites” should fight back against the forces of inconvenient democracy.
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The response to right-wing forces emerging in Europe and the US should be to examine the underlying ideological assumptions of globalization and see how these co-called “elites” could better serve the interests of voters. But to do this would require that they and their court pundits possess, if only for a moment, the one thing they lack above all else: self-awareness.
The article title discusses ‘right-wing populism‘, but much of the article can easily be read as applying to us, especially with respect to the voter suppression and marginalization we’ve experienced this year. The good news is that the populist ‘uprisings’ (my term) are significantly un-nerving the neoliberals.
I could not be more pleased!
Read the full article: Some Pundits Think the Solution to Right-Wing Populism Is Less Democracy