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Fri Jan 13, 2017, 03:28 PM

What The Trump Era Will Feel Like: Clues From Populist Regimes Around The World

This column is about what life will be like under Trump, based on discernible patterns in other countries where populists gained power, especially those with possible murky Russian ties. I write this not as the kind of airy opiner now ubiquitous via the internet just one more shrill partisan voice in the noise but as a professional with specific two-decades-long experience in the subject. Experience on the ground that is, as a reporter and commentator. I have now covered upwards of a dozen countries that have buckled under the emergent wave of populist leaders, from the Far East to the Mideast to Europe and the Americas. Many of the countries have done so quite democratically, at first. That emergent wave has crashed onto US shores in a fashion thoroughly precedented abroad.

Recently, I wrote about how I'd seen all the tricks in the Trump campaign before, actually in Tbilisi, Georgia, during the 2012 national elections when the pro-US candidate lost to a pro-Russian populist. At that time, no one was ready to believe the Russians capable of influencing Western style elections. Many still don't, even after Trump. We now have enough experience of populists in power in the West and elsewhere to guess intelligently at what's to come in the US;

http://www.forbes.com/sites/melikkaylan/2017/01/10/what-the-trump-era-will-feel-like-clues-from-populist-regimes-around-the-world/#152b152d61aa

In short - media control and chaos - they are messing with your mind.

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blueseas Jan 2017 OP
FiveGoodMen Jan 2017 #1
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sinkingfeeling Jan 2017 #3
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Response to blueseas (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2017, 03:32 PM

1. My, how language changes!

"Populism" used to indicate being for the average person and not big money or powerful people.

Now it means racist, nationalist authoritarianism?

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 13, 2017, 05:08 PM

5. Pundits are afraid to use the word "fascism"

And "falangism" is too obscure

So instead they slander a term with left wing ancestors

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Response to blueseas (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2017, 03:33 PM

2. already seeing signs of some of them.

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Response to blueseas (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2017, 04:12 PM

3. I'm 68 and terrified to stay in the US.

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Response to blueseas (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2017, 04:14 PM

4. "Populism" is putting a deceptively cheerful face on what we'll see.

I know there's a distinction between right wing and left wing populism, but what I think we'll see won't fall into the populist category.

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