Friday 20 October 2017

Dangers lie ahead as politics of anger wrests power from an out-of-touch elite

Hundreds of anti-Donald Trump protesters through the street on their way to demonstrate
outside Trump Tower in New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Hundreds of anti-Donald Trump protesters through the street on their way to demonstrate outside Trump Tower in New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

This is not politics as usual. The American presidential election, the Brexit vote and the rise of extremism in the politics of the West are warnings of something larger, and the sooner we realise it, the better.

What we are witnessing is the birth of a new politics of anger. It is potentially very dangerous indeed.

No civilisation lasts forever. The first sign of breakdown is that people stop trusting the ruling elite. They are seen as having failed to solve the major problems facing the nation. They are perceived as benefiting themselves, not the population as a whole.

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