“Researchers baffled by nationalist surge”


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Clueless: According to this Nature article, researchers are completed baffled by the recent surge in nationalism in Europe and the United States, best illustrated by the UK vote to leave the European Union and the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S.

The cluelessness reeks throughout every word, but I can’t quote the whole article. The following quote will give you the flavor:

Some academics have explored potential parallels between the roots of the current global political shift and the rise of populism during the Great Depression, including in Nazi Germany. But Helmut Anheier, president of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, cautions that the economic struggles of middle-class citizens across the West today are very different, particularly in mainland Europe. The Nazis took advantage of the extreme economic hardship that followed the First World War and a global depression, but today’s populist movements are growing powerful in wealthy European countries with strong social programmes. “What brings about a right-wing movement when there are no good reasons for it?”Anheier asks.

In the United States, some have suggested that racism motivated a significant number of Trump voters. But that is too simplistic an explanation, says Theda Skocpol, a sociologist at Harvard University. “Trump dominated the news for more than a year, and did so with provocative statements that were meant to exacerbate every tension in the US,” she says.

They are like a someone throwing darts at a dart board from two feet away and missing continuously. For some reason, they can’t seem to conceive of any of these possibilities:

  • Out of control budgets that are bankrupting entire countries
  • Out of control regulation that is squelching freedom
  • Incompetent and corrupt management that results in the failure of practically every government project or effort
  • Out of control immigration that is overwhelming countries with unskilled workers as well as terrorists
  • Foreign policy stupidity that has routinely and steadily worsened the international climate in the past three decades
  • Elite arrogance that lazily uses the accusation of racism to explain everything

I could go on. You can also read this article: How We Got Trump II: 2008, 2009, 2010 to get a few concrete examples here in the U.S.

The last point above sums up this article quite nicely. Until our intellectual community stops fooling itself and starts to accept some of the responsibility for their own failures, things are only going to get worse. Their liberal policies are failing, and need to be rejected by them. And if they don’t do it, the voters will definitely do so, with increasing fury.

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6 comments

  • Cotour

    Here is a recent example of American Democrat party’s leadership big FU to the American people :

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/04/pelosi-says-democratic-party-doesnt-want-new-direction/

    They are going to apparently insist that our country be dragged down into their Leftist / socialist version of what THEY (a minority) think the country should be and ignore the clear re instruction the people have just provided. As evidenced by the party’s current trajectory and the real possibility that they are going to proudly elect an Islamic sympathizer to their party chair I expect they will become more and more problematic as they continue to wither away.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/rep-keith-ellison-enters-race-dnc-chair-strong-support-n683751

    And can someone answer the question : Why when American or any people for that matter takes pride in their national identity and desire to preserve through their borders and law instead of actively destroying it and reject the lefts destructive ideology we are knee jerk are always classified as “Nazi’s” ? (ah the imagery) There apparently is no wiggle room on this subject.

    I am not a Nazi!

    (I know the answer but it pisses me off just the same.)

  • Ted

    What was that quote from the movie Network? “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!”

    Well researchers there’s your answer!

  • wayne

    Friedrich Hayek:
    “Why Intellectuals Drift Towards Socialism”
    https://youtu.be/gPJWwiKnYGs
    (3:19)

  • ken anthony

    The media can’t be fixed, but is in the process of being replaced.

  • Jim Jakoubek

    The Left, supported by the media, has drunk its own Kool-Ade.

    They force their agenda down people’s throats, pat themselves on the back for doing so and
    tell us that it is for our own good because they simply know better.

    Dare you disagree with them then you are a racist, a homophobe, a islamaphobe and so on not to mention being deplorable as Hillary informed everybody.

    I agree, people are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore and the left is now blaming everybody but themselves.

  • wayne

    “I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover there is mass-confusion amongst our Intellectual Overlords and Self-Appointed Mastermind’s.”

    This dude—
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmut_Anheier
    Not surprised he’s confused.

    This lady—
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theda_Skocpol
    Not surprised she can’t figure it out.

    Quite the pair of whack-a-doodles, they should get married to each other.
    They both have Tenure…and we all pay for it all.
    (sorry for referencing wiki)

    ————————————-

    President Coolidge explains it all in 4 minutes.

    President Coolidge (1924)
    [1st presidential “talkie.’]
    https://youtu.be/5puwTrLRhmw

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