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What Truman Can Teach Trump

Posted by hkarner - 23. Juli 2017

Date: 22-07-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The politically astute Cold Warrior knew how to navigate the tides of populism at home while maintaining America’s leadership abroad

By Walter Russell Mead

The foreign policy of the United States hasn’t seen a strategic crisis this profound since 1947, when President Harry Truman summoned the American people to fight Soviet ambitions in Europe. The Cuban missile crisis was more dramatic and the agony of Vietnam more wrenching, but since Truman, American presidents have believed that a global, outward-looking, order-building foreign policy was the necessary foundation for U.S. strategy and a peaceful, prosperous world.

No longer. President Donald Trump, backed by a substantial segment of the American public, has distanced himself from some of the key foreign-policy assumptions and policies of the postwar era. Longstanding pillars of American strategy—free trade, alliances in Europe and Asia, defense of human rights, commitment to international institutions and the rule of law—have come into question as the new president denounces today’s global architecture as a bad deal for the U.S. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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When elites appear ineffective, voters give radicals a chance

Posted by hkarner - 22. Juli 2017

Date: 20-07-2017
Source: The Economist: Free exchange
Subject: The power of populists

WITH the defeat of Marine Le Pen in her bid for the French presidency, establishment politicians in rich countries breathed a sigh of relief. The fortunes of extremist candidates have faltered since the populist surge that put Donald Trump into the White House. But it is hard to be confident that this was populism’s high-water mark without a better understanding of what caused the swell in the first place. The most convincing explanations suggest that populist upswings are not in the past.

It is tempting to dismiss the rise of radicalism as an inevitable after-effect of the global financial crisis. Studies show that the vote shares of extreme parties, particularly on the right, tend to increase in the years after a crisis. The Depression spawned some of the 20th century’s most dangerous and radical populist movements. But the facts do not fit that story precisely. In Europe, for example, populist parties have steadily won more voters since the 1980s. What is more, populist rage is rarely focused on finance. Trade and immigration are more prominent targets. The clearest recent manifestations of the populist surge—Mr Trump’s victory and Brexit—have only an indirect link to the financial crisis. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Brexit Vote, One Year Later

Posted by hkarner - 25. Juni 2017

An excellent analysis! (hfk)

Date: 23-06-2017
Source: Foreign Affairs By Stephen G. Gross

The Historical Roots of the Decision to Leave the EU

On June 23, 2016, citizens in the United Kingdom voted 52 to 48 percent to leave
the European Union, sending shockwaves around the world and raising concerns about a new type of populism on both sides of the Atlantic. The common explanation of Brexit presents it as a revolt by the losers of globalization. As the international movement of goods, capital, ideas, and people has intensified, this argument runs, the latter shaped the referendum results most profoundly. The intra-European flow of migrants from east to west, combined with the potential for an influx of refugees in 2015, convinced many British citizens that they stood on the losing end of a globalized, borderless Europe.

Although this story captures important dynamics, it misses crucial historical developments that influenced British leaders’ decision to hold the referendum, as well as its outcome. Four trends converged to lead the United Kingdom to split with the EU: a divergence between the United Kingdom and the continent about the meaning of the European project and the nature of sovereignty; a gradual estrangement of British political parties from the public; the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis; and Brussels’ lackluster management of the EU’s problems. These developments help explain why the message of Leave resonated and that of Remain proved counterproductive. They reveal, moreover, just how fragile and elite-driven the European project remains. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How Populists Win When They Lose

Posted by hkarner - 16. Juni 2017

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The Global Recovery’s Downside Risks

Posted by hkarner - 6. Juni 2017

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The Divergence of US and British Populism

Posted by hkarner - 2. Juni 2017

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The Macron Method

Posted by hkarner - 30. Mai 2017

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Ilija Trojanow – der Weltensammler als Populist

Posted by hkarner - 23. Mai 2017

Gero Jenner, 23. Mai

Am 22. Mai kam in den sieben Uhr Nachrichten von des österreichischen Kultursenders Ö1 Ilya Trojanow über sein neues Buch „Nach der Flucht“ zu Wort. Er beschrieb das Erlebnis der Befreiung, der erfüllten Wissbegierde, welche das Wandern zwischen den Welten in einem aufnahmebereiten Geist bewirkt. Schon Goethe hatte Ähnliches mit den Worten zum Ausdruck gebracht, dass ein kluger Mensch auf Reisen am meisten lerne. Man braucht jedoch nicht einmal besonders klug zu sein, um die Konfrontation mit anderen Menschen, anderen Kulturen als einen Ausbruch aus der Enge des eigenen Selbst und der Routine des Alltags zu empfinden.

Trojanow durchlebte mehrere kulturelle Häutungen, weil er – in Bulgarien geboren – abwechselnd in Nairobi, im Chiemgau und München, in Paris und Mumbai heimisch war – ein Bilderbuch-Kosmopolit. Früher einmal, als das Fliegen noch Privileg und Abenteuer war, vermittelte es das ekstatische Erlebnis mit einem einzigen Sprung: Über den Wolken schwebend, tauchte man in das Unbekannte. Ich selbst habe dieses Erlebnis mehrfach erlebt. Auf meinen Reisen nach Indien, nach Japan, Ceylon und Indonesien habe ich diesen Ausbruch immer wie eine Art von Erlösung erfahren. Kosmopolitismus, das ist im besten Fall ja weit mehr als abstraktes Bücherwissen, das sich ein Mensch aus Reiseführern oder Fachbüchern über fremde Kulturen aneignet. Es ist erlebte Geschichte, welche die eigene Vergangenheit als Lebensringe umschließt, aber dabei in der Gegenwart weiterwirkt, weil die Berührung mit anderen Menschen, Landschaften und Leidenschaften den eigenen Blick auf die Welt nachhaltig verändert. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The Varieties of Populist Experience

Posted by hkarner - 18. Mai 2017

 

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France’s Anti-Populist Populist

Posted by hkarner - 16. Mai 2017

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