LIBERALISM made the modern world, but the modern world is turning against it. Europe and America are in the throes of a popular rebellion against liberal elites, who are seen as self-serving and unable, or unwilling, to solve the problems of ordinary people. Elsewhere a 25-year shift towards freedom and open markets has gone into reverse, even as China, soon to be the worldā€™s largest economy, shows that dictatorships can thrive.


In their different ways Rousseau, Marx and Nietzsche rejected all these ideas. Rousseau doubted that progress takes place at all. Marx thought progress is ordained, but that it is generated by class struggle and revolution. Nietzsche feared that society was descending into nihilism, but appealed to the heroic Ć¼bermensch in each person as its saviour. Those coming after them did terrible things in their name


Populists are dividers,…….Stylistically, populists often use short, simple slogans and direct language, and engage in ā€œboorish behavior, which makes [them] appear like the real people,ā€ said Pippa Norris, a professor at Harvard University who is working on a book on the rise of ā€œpopulist-authoritarianā€ politicians around the world, especially in Europe. They are typically ā€œtransgressive on all the rules of the game