Why this is happening (the rise of political populism and extremism)


We are irrational and act irrationally most of the time. The sooner we get used to this, the sooner we begin to address our political problems and other issues facing us in the 21st century

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

I hear it everyday.  People all over the world are expressing shock and disbelief over the rise of dangerous political extremism, especially the far-right variety, in the U.S., across Europe, and now even in Brazil.  That so many people still don’t understand, or simply cannot accept, the fundamental reasons why this is happening may be the biggest problem of all – for this collective ignorance and denial provides the social cover necessary for extremist movements to flourish.

If you’re looking for overly-simplistic answers (e.g. good versus evil) which can conform to your particular worldview, then you’ll be disappointed with this post.  If you are committed to the cold, hard truth, then this post provides some resources and perspectives which might be helpful.  Although I’ve been discussing the issue of rising political populism and extremism on this blog for several years, I’ll try to keep my…

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

8 thoughts on “Why this is happening (the rise of political populism and extremism)

  1. renudepride says:

    It has often been explained to me that popular philosophies follow an approximate 20-year cycle. The extremes vary between liberal and conservative. I don’t know how true that belief is, but in recent memory, the shift from right to left since Reagan’s administration seems to follow this pattern. Naked hugs!

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  2. basenjibrian says:

    From a very paleoconservative (Catholic) perspective, this was at least….interesting.

    Not saying I buy this (I think Pinker is at least partially right-the world was nastier, at least in Europe, in the good ol’ days), but still an interesting concept. Have not read the book, but….

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