Stratfor sees shifts to right in Austria and the Czech Republic

Before and after earthquake in Italy on 30 October 2016

Summary: Europe's turn to the right continues. Voters in Poland and Germany, now Austria and the Czech Republic, have broken the coalitions that have ruled for generations. Frustrations accumulated, then rising immigration sparked an electoral rebellion. See these Stratfor reports about this week's elections. They expect mostly business-as-usual results. I'll bet this is just the … Continue reading Stratfor sees shifts to right in Austria and the Czech Republic

Wolfgang Streeck explains the fate of Trump and the Trumpists

Summary: Sociologist Wolfgang Streeck moves the debate about the rise of Trump beyond "racism" and "Russia". He connects Trump to large political forces sweeping through the West. We cannot cope with them until we see and understand them. Otherwise they might sweep us away, as has happened before.   Excerpt from "Trump and the Trumpists" … Continue reading Wolfgang Streeck explains the fate of Trump and the Trumpists

How neoliberalism and globalization created the populist revolt in the West

A map of global neoliberalism

Summary: Here is an excerpt from one of the most powerful explanations I have seen for the role neoliberalism and globalization as drivers of populism in the West. Our political future cannot be seen without understanding this. {First of two articles today.} Here is one of the most illuminating essays I have read in a … Continue reading How neoliberalism and globalization created the populist revolt in the West