Newspaper article China Post

The Rising Tide of Populism

Newspaper article China Post

The Rising Tide of Populism

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- U.S. president-elect Donald Trump was propelled into office by supporters who feel left out by the establishment and mainstream politics.

"Mainstream political parties have responded very late and very poorly to the frustration and anger," said Matthew Goodwin, a British academic from the London-based think-tank Chatham House.

In a time of uncertainty, a strong state with secure borders seems the best defense against a fast-changing world. Protectionism is cast as the antidote to decades of globalization.

Trump's election is the latest example of surging political populism fueled by supporters' fears that globalization is leaving them behind.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's foul-mouthed tirades against the Filipino elite helped him cultivate a man-of-the-people image that propelled him to the presidency in June. …

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