bugmenot2 (@bugmenot2) started discussion #549
And so it should not be at all surprising that there is a rise in populist leaders with simplistic messages, such as Donald Trump in the United States and Marine Le Pen in France. A recent study found that throughout Europe, populist parties are receiving more than double their average share of the vote in national and parliamentary elections compared with the 1960s . People whose identity is shaken want to be reassured. They want to hear that things will be OK and that the way of getting there is simple. “Make America Great Again” is an example of that. So is ISIS. In both cases the message is retrograde. Instead of a new identity that has to be built, requiring time and effort, these backward movements promise an easy return to a glorious identity of the past.