Tuesday December 10, 2019

‘Factfulness’ is the antidote to Trump and Johnson

The best way to fight populism is to turn down the drama and take a fresh look at reality

22nd September, 2019

The mainstream media blames many factors for the rise of populism: social media; fake news; Russian trolls; Russian hacks; Cambridge Analytica; displacement of blue-collar workers by automation and by China; rising inequality, the Great Recession, austerity; the gullibility of poor people; and racism. But one of the chief culprits goes largely unexamined: itself.

Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp”. Boris Johnson is reportedly planning an election campaign on the agenda of “the parliament versus...

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