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Far-right populist movements making a last desperate stand for liberalism and democracy against a rising tide of progressivism and globalism

Donald Trump is still popular. In 2018, Republicans used to call Ronald Reagan the best president in US history, but now, in 2021, it`s Donald Trump, according to the latest Economist/YouGov poll. Trump is at the top (36%), while Ronald Reagan is second (18%), followed by Abraham Lincoln (13%).

Among all Americans, Donald Trump comes in third at 13% with Barrack Obama on top of the list at 18%, followed by Abraham Lincoln at 17%. President Joe Biden is not on the list at all, as he had served less than 20 days when the survey began.

I support all the presidents no matter what side they are on, but that doesn`t mean I agree with all they do and say. Right now, Biden is the president, and he has a lot of things to fix. And Trump talked about it in his speech at CPAC.

«We`re in the middle of a historic struggle for America`s future, America`s culture, and America`s institutions. Our very identity as Americans is at stake, like perhaps at no other time, so no matter how much the Washington establishment and the powerful special interests may want to silence us, let there be no doubt; we will be victorious and America will be stronger and greater than ever before,» Trump said in the speech.

Much of the crazy ideas are coming from the left side. Ideas like language are violent, don`t practice yoga or cook Chinese food, there is no such thing as biological sex and only white people can be racist. Many people are confused by these ideas.

Do you wonder how some people on the left side have managed so quickly to challenge the very logic of Western society?

What`s going on in America is not unique. It`s the same playbook in Europe as well. President Macron talked about it a few days ago and said he doesn`t want all these crazy ideas from the left in France. Sorry Macron, but it all started there; in France.

It`s an evolution from French postmodernism to its refinement within activist academic fields. Today we can recognize it by its effects, such as cancel culture and social-media dogpiles, as by its tenets, which are all too often embraced as axiomatic in mainstream media:

knowledge is a social construct; science and reason are tools of oppression; all human interactions are sites of oppressive power play, and language is dangerous. As they warn, the unchecked proliferation of these anti-Enlightenment beliefs presents a threat not only to liberal democracy but also to modernity itself.

This is what authors Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay talk about in their book; «cynical theories.» While acknowledging the need to challenge the complacency of those who think a just society has been fully achieved, Pluchrose and Lindsay break down how this often-radical activist scholarship does far more harm than good, not least to those marginalized communities it claims to champion.

They also detail its alarmingly inconsistent and illiberal ethics. Only through a proper understanding of the evolution of these ideas, they conclude, can those who value science, reason, and consistently liberal ethics successfully challenge this harmful and authoritarian orthodoxy, in the academy, in culture, and beyond.

During the modern period in the last two centuries in most Western countries, there has been developed a broad consensus in favor of the political philosophy known as «liberalism.»

The main tenets of liberalism are political democracy, limitations on the powers of government, the development of universal human rights, legal equality for all adult citizens, freedom of expression, respect for the value of viewpoint diversity and honest debate, respect for evidence and reason, the separation of church and state, and freedom of religion.

These liberal values developed as ideas and it has taken centuries of struggle against theocracy, slavery, patriarchy, colonialism, fascism, and many other forms of discrimination to honor them as much as we do, still imperfectly today, Pluckrose and Lindsay said.

But the struggle for social justice has always been strongest when it has cast itself as the defender of liberal values universally, insisting that they are applied to all individuals, not just to wealthy white males.

It must be noted that the general philosophical position that we call «liberalism» is compatible with a wide range of positions on political, economic, and social questions, including both what Americans call «liberal» (and Europeans call «social-democratic») and modern forms of what people in all countries call «conservative.»

This philosophical liberalism is opposed to authoritarian movements of all types, be they left-wing or right-wing, secular of theocratic.

Liberalism is thus best thought of as a shared common ground, providing a framework for conflict resolution and one within which people with a variety of views on political, economic, and social questions can rationally debate the options for public policy.

However, we have reached a point in history where liberalism and modernity at the heart of Western civilization are at great risk on the level of the ideas that sustain them.

The precise nature of this threat is complicated, as it arises from at least two overwhelming pressures, one revolutionary and the other reactionary, that are waging war with each other over which illiberal direction our societies should be dragged.

Far-right populist movements claiming to be making a last desperate stand for liberalism and democracy against a rising tide of progressivism and globalism are on the rise around the world.

Trump said in the speech that his movement is successful. «We began it together four years ago and it is far from being over,» he said.

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We are now standing at a crossroad were two different visions of humanity`s future compete

Former President Barack Obama had a speech in Johannesburg on Tuesday. In an address Tuesday in honor of the late Nelson Mandela ahead of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Obama criticized populist movements toward authoritarianism around the world.

He was warning against protectionism, climate change and closed borders. Obama said “The politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment began to appear. And that kind of politics is now on the move. It`s on the move at a pace that would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago.”

“I can`t find common ground if somebody says that climate change just isn`t happening, when almost all the world`s scientists tell us it is. I don`t know where to start talking to you about this. If you say it`s an elaborate hoax, where do we start?”, Obama said in the speech.

Strong man politics is on the rise. In the west you have far right parties that are based on closed borders, protectionism and nationalism. Many developed countries are now looking at China`s model of a totalitarian control combined with capitalism.

The free press is under attack. Censorship and state control of the media is on the rise. Social media once seen as a mechanism to promote knowledge, understanding and solidarity, has proved to be just as effective promoting hatred, paranoia, propaganda and conspiracy theories.

We are now standing at a crossroad. A moment in time in which two very different visions of humanity`s future compete. Two different stories and two different narratives. About who we are and who we should be.

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Google is a success story and the European Commission fined them a record $2,7 billion today

Google is a success story and the company is up over 40% since June last year. The company is well-known for its search engine which is the best in the world. Some people in this world doesn`t like this success and one of them is the European Commission.

The European Commission have received many complaints from competitors who claimed that Google abused its search market dominance to give its own business an advantage over other retailers. This is a clear picture of the relationship between Europe and the U.S right now.

 

 

“What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation,” European Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

The European Commission has been working on this case for over seven years, and the action came after complaints from rivals such as Yelp, TripAdviser, UK price comparison site Foundem, News Corp and lobbying group FairSearch.

This is not the first time the European Commission has attacked a U.S company. Last year they attacked Apple, and at that time, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: “Member States cannot give tax benefits to selected companies.

This is illegal under EU state aid rules. The Commission`s investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years. In fact, this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1% on its European profits in 2003 down to 0,005% in 2014.”

Apple has their own tax structure in Europe, which is Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe. Both are two Irish incorporated companies that are fully owned by the Apple group.

In 2001, the European Commission sent a sternly worded missive to Microsoft. EU accused the software maker of having illegally extended its dominance in operation systems for personal computers (PC`s) into adjacent markets, for tying Windows to programs that play music and videos.

The European Commission said Microsoft was too dominant in the market in 2001. Last year they claimed Google was too dominant in the internet search market. Google were also ruling the smart phone market with their Android system, which will be their next problem.

EU regulators in Brussels fined Google a record $2,7 billion today, ruling that the search-engine giant violated antitrust rules for its online shopping practices, and this is the largest doled out by Brussels.

Google disagreed with the EU action.

«We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today (Tuesday).We will review the (European) Commissions decision in detail as we consider an appeal, and we look forward to continuing to make our case,» Kent Walker, Googles Senior vice-president and General Counsel, said in a statement today.

It doesnt stop here. Next time, Brussels will attack Googles Android mobile operating system, which is a case that could potentially be the most damaging for Google.

Theodore Roosevelt led a populist party in 1912, and Ralph Nader campaigned against the power of large corporations such as auto companies. Now, 105 years later, EU is doing the same.

 

 

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Emmanuel Macron has 62% of the vote while Jaques Chirac had 82,2% against Marine Le Pen`s father in 2002

People in France are at a very critical moment as they need to vote for a pro-European liberal or a far-right challenger. Voters in France will not only vote for France`s future but also for its place in the European Union.

Whats so special about this election is that the Socialist party and the center-right that have run France since the 1950s is out of the game with their old models. No matter what the winner is, the new President of France will have an agenda for change.

So, who is the next President of France?

 

 

The difference between Macron and Le Pen is that Macron want to stay in the European Union and Le Pen want to get out as soon as possible. They talked about it in a TV debate earlier this week. Emmanuel Macron also had this to say about Le Pen and her right-wing party:

“The France I want will not be divided. To make that happened we will need to leave a system that produced them. You are the co production of the system you are denouncing because you living thanks to it. You are its parasite!”

Wow! That was heavy stuff. «War declared» was also the headline in front of the newspaper in France earlier this week, and that was a message from Ms. Le Pen. There is no doubt; there is a war out there. The globalists vs The Populists.

Its a Populist wave in Europe, but we saw in Netherland that the Populists are still a minority. People in Netherland didnt want them. The latest poll in France is telling us that Macron will win by 62% which is a big victory.

But its not as good as Jacques Chiracs victory in 2002. He won 82,2% of the vote against the far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, which is the father of Marine Le Pen.

Chirac`s internal policies initially included lower tax rates, the removal of price control, strong punishment for crime and terrorism, and business privatization. After pursuing these policies as Prime Minister in 1986 – 1988, he changed his method.

He argued for more socially responsible economic policies, and he was elected in 1995 after campaigning on a platform of healing the “social rift” (fracture sociale).

Then, Chiracs economic policies, based on dirigisme, state-directed ideals, stood in opposition to the laissez-faire policies of the United Kingdom, which Chirac famously described as "Anglo-Saxon ultraliberalism". Chiracs religion is Roman Catholicism just like Emmanuel Macron.

There is a war going on and some of the weapons is «fake news». During the heated and sometimes vicious TV debate, Le Pen told Macron she hoped “we will not find out that you have an offshore account in the Bahamas”.

That was a reference to documents circulating on the internet that linked Macron to a Caribbean bank and was easily identifiable as forgeries. Macron swiftly rejected the comment as «defamation».

Paris prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into whether the fake news was being used to influence Sunday`s election runoff. Are we facing the same tactic as we saw during the American election?

“Macron came to Greeces aid during our crisis. The left should back him, Yanis Varoufakis said. Former President Obama said: «Im not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don`t have to run for office again, but the French election is very important to the future of France and the values that we care so much about”.

He added: “I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run. He has stood up for liberal values. He put forward the vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world. And he has committed to a better future for French people. He appeals to people`s hopes, and not their fears.”

I look forward to Sunday.

 

 

 

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The Ides of March and the European Union

Dont forget March 15, and what happened 44 BC. The founder of the Roman Republic, Julius Caesar was assassinated and killed by members of the Roman Senate. It is the worlds most famous political murders.

The problem was that they didn`t know what to do after Caesars death, so they went from a republican system of government and became an empire. This is actual today. The democracy is under attack.

 

 

It should be understood that the Optimate and the Populare were not political parties in conflict with each other but, rather, political ideologies which many people shifted toward and from, regardless of class in society.

Caesar was assassinated by a group of rebellious senators, and a new civil war broke out. The constitutional government of the Republic was never fully restored, and the Roman Empire began. Rome finally became an empire at the end of the 1th century BC.

British historian Edward Gibbon argued in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire» (1776) that the Romans had become decadent, they had lost civic virtue.

Glen W. Bowersock has remarked; “We have been obsessed with the fall: it has been valued as an archetype for every perceived decline, and, hence, as a symbol for our own fears.” It remains one of the greatest historical questions, and has a tradition rich in scholarly interest.

Europe has since the fall of Rome been, not only Euro Zone, but Danger Zone. Are you able to count all the wars in Europe since the fall of Rome? I wrote about the Revolution of 1848 on May 6th last year. We now see many similarities in Europe today.

The Revolution of 1848 was also known as the Spring of Nations or Springtime of the Peoples. It was a series of political upheavals throughout Europe in 1848. It remains the most widespread revolutionary wave in European history.

The revolution was essentially democratic in nature, with the aim of removing the old feudal structure and creating independent national states. Over 50 countries were affected, and important factors were widespread dissatisfaction with political leadership and the upspring of nationalism to name a few.

Now, it is 2017, and many of the same things going on. Political turmoil, Populism and Nationalism.

Britain voted to leave the European Union last summer, and Netherland can be the next country to follow. But how?

The blond populist Geert Wilders must win the election in Netherland. He is the anti-Islam leader of the Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) and he is riding high on a wave of populism. Geert Wilders has pledged to close the Netherlands’ borders, shut down mosques and leave the euro and EU if he gets into power.

Wilder`s problem is that no one is willing to form a coalition with him, and that will result in a political mess after the election. There are very few, if any parties, that will go into Parliament with him.

A triumph for Wilders would emboden French voters to back far-right Presidential candidate Marine Le Penn in elections beginning next month. Le Penn will also withdraw France from the Eurozone, and that would be a big threat to the euro.

Latest polls tell us that Mark Rutte will win and Wilders will get about 19 out of 150 seats in Netherland. In France, Le Penn leads the first poll, but she is widely expected to lose in the second round.

We are living in a critical moment right now.

 

 

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