Friday, November 11, 2016

US politics - A few more quotes from The Economistc (12th Nov edition)

From this week's Economist:

  • Mr Trump rails against the loss of an imagined past.  
  • After the sugar rush, populist policies eventually collapse under their own contradictions.
  • The election of Mr Trump is a rebuff to all liberals, including this newspaper. The open markets and classically liberal democracy that we defend, and which had seemed to be affirmed in 1989, have been rejected by the electorate first in Britain and now in America. France, Italy and other European countries may well follow. It is clear that popular support for the Western order depended more on rapid growth and the galvanising effect of the Soviet threat than on intellectual conviction. Recently Western democracies have done too little to spread the benefits of prosperity. Politicians and pundits took the acquiescence of the disillusioned for granted. As Mr Trump prepares to enter the White House, the long, hard job of winning the argument for liberal internationalism begins anew.  
  • It is hard to think of a president-elect less versed in the workings of the world than Mr Trump; or of one more willing to upturn the global order shaped by America in the seven decades since the end of the second world war.
  • With America in isolationist mood, Britain on the way out and France paralysed, it falls increasingly to Germany to preserve the European order.

No comments: