Is Populism the new Liberty?
The allure and promotion of centralized authority has brought us a proliferation of international governing bodies. Within nations, it has forced power and control upward, toward a small clique of know-it-alls. More and more, individuals and nations are realizing the threat posed by a loss of control over their own lives.
The term “world of nations” implies that such a scenario of government control is a noble pursuit. But that is a deception. And people the world over seem to be taking notice.
Why is it a good thing that other nations can collectively dictate what any one nation is allowed to do?
Within nations, and among them, the natural flow of government has always been toward centralization of power. That’s called authoritarian rule. It’s been the typical mode of government throughout history.
Why is it good to sacrifice individual rights of free speech, religion and association, in order to avoid offending others or to provide some promise of security?
Who are these wizards who want to control people and exercise power? Who are they to tell us, or our country, what to do?
The world’s current movement toward populism is the big, historic story of our time. People are catching on, and they’re moving to protect themselves, their families and their cultures from an onslaught of authoritarianism and globalism.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, March 31, 2017
Experts agree that there is always some discontent with the system that rumbles beneath the surface, but a number of factors have led to the acceleration of the ideology’s success in recent years and months.
Christopher Garman, a lead analyst and managing director with the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, calls it a “tipping point phenomenon.”
Politics are driving the economy now, he says, and the growing income gap coupled with the migration crisis has created an “aligning of the stars” for populists to take power.
According to a survey conducted in 36 countries, more than 70 percent of people agree that institutions in society ignore their individual goals.
New national leaders are reflecting this sentiment of their populace. Donald Trump did not start this movement, but he brilliantly reflected it. And he gave the world a quick kickstart in the ass.
That’s quite an accomplishment for a political neophyte. And now, others around the world are doing the same. The populists have been emboldened and empowered by the communications revolution. It’s now much easier to spread the word and coordinate a movement.
Inevitably, with growth and change come challenges. Those who fear change, and those who promote fear to protect their structures of power, are working against Liberty.
Well, we used to call it Liberty. Now, it’s called Populism. It’s called that by many as a subtle way to demean it. The implication is that populism means putting the fate of the world in the hands of common people. That’s a risk, a clear and present danger, you see.
The people in charge are convinced they have so much more intellect and sense. Just ask them. They dismiss the sensibilities of mere commons.
But, they conveniently forget, common sense makes more sense every time. And it’s just common sense to call populism what it really is: Liberty. Don’t expect the elites to adopt the term, though.