Category Archives: Populism

United We Roll supporters REACT after Maclean’s calls convoy “white nationalists”

In one fell swoop, a lead editor from one of Canada’s main national media outlets tarred and feathered a grassroots movement of tens of thousands of Canadians.

When a Muslim commits an act of terror he always acts alone but when a Yellow Vest supporter makes a racist remark All Yellow Vest protesters are guilty. That’s how our media works. Keep that in mind as you read the story.

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Trump’s wild popularity overseas is one of media’s best kept secrets

The mainstream media pretends that their scorn for President Trump is almost universally shared overseas. While globalists everywhere (along with their media allies) dislike him for standing up for national sovereignty, a rising tide of populist revolt is shaking them to their core. And Trump is a hero – even a superhero – to the growing number of anti-globalist populists around the world.

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DZSURDZSA: If you’re a populist, the Liberals think you’re poor and stupid

Soon after Maxime Bernier founded the People’s Party of Canada, the mainstream media pursued a campaign to undermine and slander the PPC as a gathering grounds for racists, the uneducated and the backward thinking.

National treasures like Maclean’s writer Paul Wells called the PPC voter base the “stupidest people on Twitter”.

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Leftist windbag collective warns sky is falling for sure this time

Europe ‘coming apart before our eyes’, say 30 top intellectuals

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Brexit and nationalists look set to make sweeping gains in EU parliamentary elections.

The group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers, including the Guardian, that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”.

“We must now will Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism,” the document reads. “We must rediscover political voluntarism or accept that resentment, hatred and their cortege of sad passions will surround and submerge us.”

The message: Populism is bad for the business of the left.

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Germany steps up monitoring of far-right AfD party

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is to step up monitoring of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party for suspected extremism.

But the BfV agency is not yet going as far as to use informants or phone taps in its nationwide watch on AfD.

AfD is the main opposition party. It entered the federal parliament for the first time in 2017, winning 94 seats in the 709-seat lower house (Bundestag).

AfD sees Islam as a threat to German values, urging tough immigration curbs.

Trump is spied on by the FBI, Brexit is an orchestrated shambles, In Canada contrarian views on immigration policy are smeared as racist and everywhere else the MSM and permanent political classes revile populism as the new “far-right enemy”. Good work people!

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A Trump of One’s Own

Here’s one reason to hold out some hope for 2019. On January 9 — while the British political class continued to bungle Brexit, French officials kept battling the gilets jaunes, and leaders across Europe persisted in waving the EU flag and waving in armies of Muslim immigrants — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini went to Warsaw and, at a press conference with Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński, envisioned Italy and Poland as ushering in a new “European spring” to challenge the primacy of the “Germany-France axis.”

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Salvini says populists could spark ‘European Spring’ as he meets Polish ruling party leader

Italy’s pugnacious deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, called for an alliance with populists in Poland and elsewhere during a visit to Warsaw, setting the stage for a showdown with the EU establishment at European Parliament elections in May.

Mr Salvini, who leads the nationalist, anti-immigrant League party, pledged to create a “new European spring” and to work with Poland’s ruling populists.

It was his latest attempt to recruit Eurosceptic allies in a growing confrontation with the likes of Emmanuel Macron, the French president, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor.

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Scientific American: Treating an ideological political narrative as science

Along the same lines as taking past lives research seriously, we have a story about the hitherto unheard-of personality trait that is now ripping the world apart:

There are many divides in the world right now. But there’s one divide, deeply embedded into the core of human nature, that helps explain many other divides. What I’m referring to is a source of human personality variation that is built right into our DNA: antagonism. By really zooming in on this trait, and understanding how antagonism interacts with environmental conditioning and messaging, we can gain a greater understanding of one of the most prominent divides in the world today: populism.

Perhaps the most important interaction in the world today, however, is that between antagonism and populism. The core feature of populism is an anti-establishment message and a focus on the central importance of the people. The anti-establishment message portrays the political elite as corrupt and evil, and disinterested in the interests of “the pure people.” According to John Judis and Ruy Teixeira, the essential divide among populists is “the people versus the powerful.”

In a recent series of studies, political communication professor Bert Bakker and his colleagues conducted the largest and most systematic investigation into the question: What happens when antagonistic citizens receive an anti-establishment message? They found strong support for the notion that the anti-establishment message of populists resonates the most with highly antagonistic people. This finding was confirmed in seven countries across three different continents. Antagonism predicted support for populists for both right-wing (Trump, UKIP, Danish People’s Party, Party for Freedom, SVP) and left-wing (Podemos, Chavez) populists. More.  Scott Barry Kaufman, “The Personality Trait That Is Ripping America (and the World) Apart” at Scientific American

This isn’t science; it is a political harangue, aimed at people who would be insulted if the same terms were applied to them. But science media seem to be losing the ability to distinguish, which will make them less useful as sources of information about science.

For what it is worth, the main driver of populism today is the fact that top-down bureaucratic policies often don’t work out for voters, prompting big upsets in the polls. That happened in Canada’s two biggest provinces this year, Ontario and Quebec. The election of populist governments usually means that numerous bureaucrats are looking for new employment, which means that we will hear from their cronies that society is going downhill in the most awful way. And new terms like “antagonism” (a 2019s Word of the Year hopeful?) do sound more educated than mere whining would.

See also: Science journal embraces reincarnation research in support of transgender ideology

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Sceptic asks, why do people who abandon religion embrace superstition? Belief in God is declining and belief in ghosts and witches is rising

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Yellow Vest Riots Spread: Week Five

Paris has now seen its fifth weekend of street demonstrations by the so-called gilets jaunes, or “yellow vests,” although reports suggest that things may be finally winding down. Meanwhile, the protests — which in many instances rise to the level of riots, with innumerable examples of looting, vandalism, and arson – have spread. The last couple of weekends have seen disturbances in other major French cities, such as Toulouse, Bordeaux and Lyon, as well as in cities in the Low Countries, including Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Nijmegen and Maastricht. This weekend, in London, as the tension, confusion, and frustration surrounding Brexit have intensified and the possibility of a second referendum seemed to increase, yellow-vested protesters, most of them apparently supporters of Brexit, blocked major bridges and shut down streets in the city center.

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Steve Bannon Declares War on Pope with Academy for Western Culture in Pontiff’s Backyard

Like something out of a Bond villain’s backstory, Steve Bannon has won a bid to take over an Italian monastery in the mountains of Italy built by Pope Innocent III in 1204. He plans to turn it into an academy to defend Christendom and Western culture. The sprawling castle encompasses several buildings, with hundreds of rooms, a guest house built into a rock, and a library with 36,000 volumes. Nicholas Farrell of the Spectator visited it and came away feeling he had been in a storybook. “[I]t made me think of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter books,” he wrote. YouTube tours of the place confirm that description, down to an apothecary complete with tinctures of mandrake. One almost expects to see Professor Flitwick dashing through the halls levitating feathers.

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