Trumpism and the Rise of the Illiberal Movement
The article, “Illiberalism: The Worldwide Crisis“, provides an alternative view of why Trumpism is so pervasive – not just in the US but across the globe. It suggests that Illiberalism is rapidly becoming an ideological movement that unites the far left and the far right. The author justly fears its manifestation through a Trump administration but, also, that it will come to pass anyway if the Democrats ignore the underlying reality of it.
It seems apropos that a narcissist should be leading the illiberal movement, because it is a very self-centred outlook in many ways – a return to tighter communities without intervention from government or immigration, an anti-establishment position in the belief that corporate or political elites do not have their best interests, a desire to block any attempt to remove entitlements, and the belief in a much darker, more dangerous world that must be acknowledged.
This is not to say that liberals cannot be narcissistic either but their position of globalisation, free trade, and meritocracy can seem arrogant and aloof to illiberals. Their love of technology and its capacity to rapidly disposess large groups of people doesn’t help, either.
When all is said and done, liberals pursue a national agenda with intellectual purpose, whereas illiberals pursue a local agenda which a more intimate social purpose – which can make them seem very selfish. Hence, saviour Trump.
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