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Why populists are becoming more popular

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By John Lloyd

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John Lloyd is at it again!

These two stories highlight a few words that carry a huge freight – especially in the case of Clinton. Her speech was to an LGBT gala organized to raise money for her campaign. In it she praised the gay and transgender community and described Trump supporters as racist and homophobic. In doing so, and in putting many millions of fellow Americans into a “basket of deplorables,” she gave ammunition to those who saw her, and the Democratic Party, as preferring minorities over the white working and middle class.

Anyone who thinks condemning homophobes to a community directly hurt by homophobia automatically amounts to preferring minorities is an insecure, cowardly homphobe, and they deserve our condemnation.

We need to stop using the word "populist". Look at US demographics - "populist" candidates aren't courting the majority, they're courting a tiny, small-minded minority of the population who abuse the powers of government to amplify their voice over everyone else's. It's not populism, it's straight-up bigotry.

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Its easy to see why these people are becoming more popular - all across the Western world middle and low class workers have seen their jobs exported overseas, communities destroyed as the businesses closed shop causing the snowball effect with other businesses, mass migration has seen either property prices sky rocket therefore placing property purchases out of reach of the average worker, mass migration has seen suburbs where these new arrivals congregate change from a typical Western town into something that replicates something from where these majority arrivals originally come from, Mass immigration allows these migrants to bring there problems with them instead of leaving them behind and starting afresh.

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It ain't rocket science. The mainstream political parties in the West have all become aligned on 2 of the biggest issues: (mass) immigration and (unfettered) globalization.

So if mainstream politicians want to counter populism, they must embrace a diversity of platforms, that, gasp!, better match the views of the people who elect them.

Japan is a case in point. It doesn't have populism because its policies on immigration and globalization are less extreme, and thus more popular.

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"Clinton. Her speech was to an LGBT gala organized to raise money for her campaign. In it she praised the gay and transgender community and described Trump supporters as racist and homophobic. In doing so, and in putting many millions of fellow Americans into a “basket of deplorables,” 

Trump is a savage beast! 8 years baby!!

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Yet neither the populists nor the far-left have shown evidence they understand, or can govern in, a world as relentlessly globalizing as ours. Until a robust liberalism, shorn of pretension, can reconnect with knowledge and experience of working peoples’ lives, the populists will remain…popular.

If only we could understand like Mr Lloyd does.

Yes, I'm being sarcastic. What's his answer to the problems working class people face?

"robust liberalism". Pah!

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described Trump supporters as racist and homophobic. In doing so, and in putting many millions of fellow Americans into a “basket of deplorables,

Yeah, she overreached with that comment. They weren't all deplorable. Only the ones who are still with him now. The non-depolorables have all jumped ship by now.

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What's his answer to the problems working class people face?

My answer is obvious: to have policymakers represent their interests again. The the left abandoned the working class ages ago, aka "Thornberry syndrome." The center-right abandoned them earlier on. What's left for them? The populists.

Today's Champagne socialists living in Islington and Hampstead are aligned with the supply-side orientation of Thatcher and Reagan -- pro free flow of cheap labor, globalization,etc -- spawning levels of economic equality in the West not seen since the 19th century.

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