8 November 2016   Leave a comment

The rebirth of the right-wing in many countries over the last five years has raised a tendency to use the word “fascist” in many discussions.  The reasons for this tendency seem to be clear, but we should all be careful when making historical parallels.  While there are some similarities between the 1930s and today in the appeal of authoritarian leaders, there are also some important cultural differences in the policies being compared.  Be aware of those differences.

WIN/Gallup has released a poll on the US election that covers 45 countries and found that respondents prefer Hillary Clinton in all but one of those countries, Russia. According to the poll:

“Among those polled, 69% said it made a high or very high impact on their countries as to who gets elected the President of the United States. On matters of public policy, the majority of 78% across the globe advised the next American President not to be swayed by local American interests alone, but to either focus on the interests of the entire world, or to give equal priority to both local and global concerns. Only 16% of the global public advised the next American President to put America first and disregard global interests. The American public on the other hand is much more in favour of an American-centric policy, this view being held by 61% of American citizens.”

It would be interesting to allow citizens of other states to vote in domestic elections.  In a globalized world,  these voices need to be heard in some way.

In another poll conducted within the US on election day by Reuters/IPSOS, the results are consistent with many interpretations of the political winds in the US.  Some of the findings include:

  • – 75 percent agree that “America needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful.”
  • – 72 percent agree “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.”
  • – 68 percent agree that “traditional parties and politicians don’t care about people like me.”
  • – 76 percent believe “the mainstream media is more interested in making money than telling the truth.”
  • – 57 percent feel that “more and more, I don’t identify with what America has become.”
  • – 54 percent feel “it is increasingly hard for someone like me to get ahead in America.”

It will be fascinating to see how the political parties interpret the results of today’s election.

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Posted November 9, 2016 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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