Is a 'money for nothing' policy the best solution to growing crisis of populism?
In a radically changing world, a fundamental restructuring of the welfare state may be what's needed
The inauguration of Donald Trump as President of America has brought into sharper focus the rise of populism politics here and internationally, and also, the general angst that this has caused among so-called liberal elites everywhere.
This rise and reaction to populism will be heightened in a Brexit-weakened Europe this year and next, depending on the outcomes of elections in France and Germany when the fates of the far-right leader Marine le Pen and the remaining liberal standard-bearer Angela Merkel will be decided.
To date, the liberal elites have been slow to try to understand why populism is on the rise across the political spectrum, on the right and left, and slower still to offer possible solutions.