2016: The year we got it all wrong

Source: CNN

This was a year when predictions were shattered, polls discredited, facts eschewed and rationality dismissed. “Populism” spread like wildfire across the West, thumbing its nose at elites seen by so many voters as complacent and self-serving.
The liberal international order built after 1945, triumphant when the Berlin Wall came down, suddenly looked very vulnerable as free trade came under attack, the “ever closer” European Union began to shred and an authoritarian Russia reasserted itself.
Of course the seeds were sown long before 2016: the consequences of globalization, mass migration, growing resentment about inequality, diminishing trust in political institutions — their effects turbo-charged by social media and fake news. We just never imagined them bearing such bitter fruit so suddenly.

Categories: Americas

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