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Why all the populism? A fair take on the political currents of 2019 : Comments

By Sean Jacobs, published 2/1/2020

Trump, Boris, ScoMo and even Trudeau's razor-thin Canadian victory reveal that centre-left politics is, to say the least, failing to connect at the ballot box.

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Yup!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Thursday, 2 January 2020 10:22:19 AM
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Well, & who brought it all on ? Not the less-educated blue collar workforce !
Posted by individual, Thursday, 2 January 2020 1:30:41 PM
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Pretty one-sided take on things but not without some substance. However to say "Australians remain in a good place on immigration unmanipulated, enthusiastic but also common sense." when we took nearly 800,000 into the country last year is just trite.

The amount of asylum seekers who arrive by plane under Dutton's watch is outstripping those through the Rudd/Gillard era without a civil war occurring just an Indian Ocean away.

The Gina Reinharts of this world have driven huge increases in 457 visa holders, many who go on to earn permanent residencies. Large demographic changes in our cities and towns have occurred as a result. It suits big companies not to pay the taxes which would have schooled Australian youth to take these jobs but rather fly these workers in instead. It is a far more compliant workforce to boot.

There is no doubt that Labour was not prepared to take the running on this and they rightly got spanked for not doing so. But to say we are in a good place on immigration is misreading community sentiment.
Posted by SteeleRedux, Thursday, 2 January 2020 6:03:22 PM
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Quite refreshing Sean that someone gets it. Overall I think you are fairly close to the mark. The uprising of media outlets that aren't lying and liberal (like the abc) has also exposed the fraudulent nature of the left. The 'swamp' as Donald calls it is no longer trusted. With constant lies about man made climate change, immigration and social engineering we now have multiple outlets exposing these frauds. No wonder Trump is so popular.
Posted by runner, Thursday, 2 January 2020 7:24:07 PM
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populism?
I'd be more inclined to call it Awakening as in response to Leftist nonsense & deceit !
Posted by individual, Thursday, 2 January 2020 7:33:57 PM
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As academics like Matthew Goodwin and Eric Kaufmann have recently argued, voters in Western countries are unnerved and concerned about rapid demographic changes driven by unprecedented immigration. They are not opposed to new migrants but don't want their communities and country to become unrecognisable. They want a slower pace of change and are attached to their own group. Under multiculturalism, minorities are encouraged to practice group attachment but members of the old European-origin majority are condemned if they do the same. This has caused resentment and is fuelling the populist backlash.

Eric Kaufmann's book "Whiteshift" is a must read if you want to understand what's happening in the West at the moment.
Posted by FrankU, Friday, 3 January 2020 6:00:29 PM
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