Post-Politics is Now about Stopping Politics By Richard Miller
The election and spectacular failure of Donald Trump has shown that in the end, politics in the West is at an end, for the system now is too corrupt, and the elites too powerful to directly defeat. Until some black swan event (s) occurs, there will need to be strategies of neutralisation, minimising the power of the pollies to do anything. Hung parliaments are great parliaments:
“One in 10 Europeans will back right-wing parties in the upcoming European Union elections, according to a new study, pointing to growing support for Euroskeptic movements across the bloc. A Bertelsmann Foundation study found that right-wing parties with a populist, nationalist or Euroskeptic bent received the highest level of voter approval of any single political grouping. 10.3 percent of voters said they would cast their ballots for right-wing parties, while only 6.2 percent said they positively identified with left-wing groups, and 4.4 percent with a Green party. Right-wing parties have seen a surge in support amid growing disillusionment with Brussels. Those parties include Italy’s Lega Nord, France’s National Rally party, as well as the right-wing Alternative for Germany – commonly known by its German acronym, AfD. The research indicates that voters care more about stopping parties and policies they dislike than advancing a positive agenda of their own, which, the researchers said, could end up feeding movements on the fringes. “Many citizens no longer choose to back one party, but rather vote against parties they oppose the most,” said Robert Vehrkamp, a co-author of the Bertelsmann study. “The populist parties have managed to create a stable and loyal voter base in a relatively short space of time,” he added.”
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