Brexit to Italy: These aren’t revolts against liberalism

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December 5, 2016
by Frank Furedi  
Posted in Commentary

"Simplistic media accounts would have us believe that liberalism in Europe is fighting for its life against a populist upsurge. ... The slur of 'populist' is used by anti-populist elites who recognise that their values and worldview are now regarded with suspicion and even hostility by large sections of the European public. An even more grotesque myth is being promoted by sections of the media: that the so-called populist movement represents a revolt against liberalism. There may be a revolt, but it isn't against liberalism -- for the very simple reason that its target tends to be institutions, like the EU or the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, who are conspicuously illiberal. Indeed, the constitutional reform proposals which the Italian people rejected in yesterday's referendum, causing Renzi to resign, were about strengthening the power of the ruling technocracy and restricting the role of popular sovereignty." (12/05/16)  

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