The Right Lessons: Former Canadian PM Stephen Harper on Trump, conservatism, and the populist moment

In Harper’s view, the liberal establishment has taken advantage of globalization to divide the world up into “somewheres”—who embrace their particular families, communities, and nations—and “anywheres,” the Davoisie who belittle the majority of the people as “fringe” or “extreme” or “deplorable.” The predominant, elite culture of “corporatism, elitism, cultural relativism, and alienism,” as Harper put it, cannot help but eventually prompt a backlash.

“When 10, 20, 45, 50 percent of the people are saying that they’re looking at new options, it’s just not good enough to dismiss them as fringe and extreme or as ‘deplorable,'” he said.

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