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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Why 'soft fascist' Donald trumped the liberal elites

Conservatives, socialists and centrists are all collectively to blame for the emergence of Trumpism

Published 13/11/2016 | 02:30

Victor: Donald Trump makes his acceptance speech in New York last Wednesday Photo: Paco Anselmi/PA
Victor: Donald Trump makes his acceptance speech in New York last Wednesday Photo: Paco Anselmi/PA

The election as US president of a man who presents himself to the public as a soft fascist is what happens when the establishment fails to even acknowledge its own failures, let alone correct them.

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By the establishment, what is meant is the liberal elites across the political divide - on the right, the left and in the centre - who are now blaming each other for the rise to power of Donald Trump.

The truth is that classical liberals on the right, socialists on the left and social democrats in the centre are all to blame for the emergence of Trumpism. Classical liberals for their continued failure to address the raging issue of our time - economic and social inequality rampant since the Great Recession; socialists (or progressives) for aggressively arrogating to themselves the moral and intellectual high ground, insisting that anybody who disagrees with them must be backwards, medieval, and uneducated; and social democrats - the Third Way - for their failure to question their unregulated co-dependence on Wall Street and, worse, political cowardice since the Great Recession in the face of populism to introduce radical policies required to meet the new age, to be truly progressive.

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