Category Archives: Populism

Trudeau aims for G7 to pick up fight against extreme nationalism

“Many countries and many citizens are questioning the current system, as seen by the emergence of extreme nationalism or right-wing populism, or (voicing opposition) to anti-globalization,” Trudeau said.

“This must be at the center of the discussions we will have at the G7: how to reassure citizens about the future we are building together,” he added in his parliamentary office in Ottawa.

“It is important that we remain vigilant and keep this order, this peace, this stability, this predictability that has helped us to create everything we have today.”


In Ireland, a Leftist Reluctantly Comes to Terms with Nationalism

Ireland, thanks to its system of interchangeable representatives of two main parties you can’t tell apart, is currently led by a fellow named Leo Varadkar, a gay, half-Indian prime minister, called the Taoiseach (pronounced “t-shock”), who stepped into the office when his predecessor suddenly stepped down. Ireland has legalized gay marriage by a popular vote, is now trying to repeal the country’s stringent anti-abortion constitution by repealing the Eighth Amendment, and is hell-bent on upsizing its population according to the Ireland 2040 plan, which envisions adding an additional one million people to the current population of 4.8 million people in the Republic — mostly through “immigration.”


Patriotic term ‘Heimat’ driving new German ‘identity politics’

The German term “Heimat,” or “homeland” as it’s very roughly translated into English, became a hotly debated topic in 2015 when hundreds of thousands of refugees fled to Germany.

Despite its Nazi-era connotations, citizens discussed the idea of “Heimat” at kitchen tables and in pubs, in the media and in politics, asking whether the word stood for xenophobia, or for integration and tolerance. And could Islam find a place in a German “Heimatland”?

Indeed, as a consequence of this debate around cultural identity, three patriotic-themed Heimat ministries have been created in Germany at the state and federal level.


OLIVER: In support of populism and Doug Ford

The usual suspects – Liberals, Dippers and various Red Tories – are out of the gate, attacking Doug Ford, the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, and comparing him to their arch enemy Donald Trump. A shared offence is that they are both populists, which the dictionary defines as someone who supports or seeks to appeal to the interests of ordinary people.


Wear ‘racist’ like a badge of honour, Bannon tells French far-right summit

Bannon praised Le Pen’s ambivalence over the left-right divide, saying “she described it perfectly”. The more pertinent political split, he said, is whether “you consider the nation state as an obstacle to be overcome or as a jewel to be polished, loved and nurtured”.

“What I’ve learned [visiting Europe] is that you’re part of a worldwide movement that is bigger than France, bigger than Italy, bigger than Hungary, bigger than all of it,” Bannon said to enthusiastic applause. “And history is on our side. The tide of history is with us and will compel us to victory after victory after victory!”


FUREY: The mainstream told us populism was dead – they lied

One of the most moving scenes in The Darkest Hour is when Winston Churchill, struggling to figure out whether he should consider peace talks with Adolf Hitler, takes to the subway system to gauge the pulse of the people.

Should we learn of Hitler’s terms? Should we meet him in the middle? “Absolutely not” is the resounding response of the hardworking men and women the prime minister encounters.


Victory for Eurosceptic, populist parties shocks the establishment in Italy election

Italian voters have flocked to anti-establishment, Eurosceptic parties and rejected mainstream, traditional political parties, the latest predictions from the country’s election indicated on Monday.

The populist Five Star Movement, founded by stand-up comedian Beppe Grillo as a bombastic challenge to the established order, emerged as the big winner of the general election, in a result that will be viewed with trepidation in Brussels.

With around half the ballot counted, it looked as though the Five Star Movement had won around a third of all votes, up from 25 per cent in Italy’s last general election in 2013.

The Eurosceptic, anti-immigration League also performed well, according to preliminary calculations.


BBC Declares Populism Can Be ‘Truly Terrifying’, Cites Brexit and Trump

video produced by BBC Ideas has argued that the “fervour of populist politics can be truly terrifying,” citing the Brexit vote and the election of President Donald Trump.

The video explains that “populist is almost always a pejorative term and no one really wants the label,” claiming that “most populist leaders would rather see themselves as inspiring grassroots movements.”

“Political debate involves reason, science, evidence, challenge, and argument. Free speech and a free press on vital to this,” the narrator says.


Marine Le Pen’s niece tells Trump supporters: We want our country back too

Marine Le Pen’s niece has echoed Donald Trump as she called for a “France first” agenda and told US right-wingers: “Just like you, we want our country back.”

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen cited Mr Trump’s election victory and the Brexit vote in 2016 as inspiration for France to distance itself from the European Union (EU).

She used an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to praise the US president’s success in putting conservatism at the top of the political agenda.