February 2 2017, the Oxford Union will convene to debate the motion “This house believes that liberalism has become elitist”. The backdrop for this discussion is a new Europe in which election after election have swept the old elites from power and replaced them with right wing, often nationalist, parties.
Three major elections may bring the EU to its knees. The election of Trump in America, the British Brexit and the coming French presidential election. At some point the public started associating the left with the elites, and they decided that the right wing parties, who want to dismantle the welfare state in favor of the super-rich, represent their interests. It is perhaps most clearly seen in America where a billionaire who wants to cut his own taxes has been hailed as the champion of the common man. And the irony is that this takes place in a world in which the divide between rich and poor has grown ever larger.
The events in Europe are being debated in all major news outlets and think tanks online. Even as far afield as China, Iran and Singpore talk shows debate the changes in European and American politics and what it means for the world. The old elites simply lost contact with their voters. The triggering factor, which brought it all to the surface, was the new flow of refugees from the middle east. Presstv commentators in Iran even claim that it began with NATO and the conflicts started in the aftermath of 9/11 and the war on terror.
- The Cato Institute “Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era”
- DW Quadriga “The Rise of Populism – A Threat to Europe?” (Germany)
- France 24 Talking Europe “Populism in Europe: what’s the best weapon against the far right?” (France)
- Iqsquared debate “The Rise of Populism and the Backlash Against the Elites, with Nick Clegg and Jonathan Haidt” (UK)
- Parliament.tv “British House of Lords debate on Populism” (UK)
- London School of Economics ” The Populist Challenge to Human Rights”
- The Cato Institute “A Trump Victory & European populism”
- Brookings Institute “The plight of low-income white Americans”
- The Baker Institiute “The Rise of populist nationalism in Europe and the US”
- Columbia University “Illiberal populism in Europe”
- The University of Washington “Dr. Steve Pfaff | Neo-Nationalist Parties in Eastern and Western Europe”
- Thomas Frank – Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right, Jan. 20, 2012.
- Asia NewsChannels Insight “Populist uprisings” (Singapore)
- Al Jazeera “Reporting the rise of Europe’s populist parties” (Middle East)
- The Economist “Populism is reshaping our world”
- CCTC.ch “The Heat 12/17/2016 Populism in Europe” (China)
- Presstv.ir The Debate “The Debate – Rise of nationalism in Europe” (Iran)