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Can Populists Counter The Decline Of The West?

By Giuliano Maciocci

What is happening in the western world is scary and upsetting to many, but exciting and full of promise to others. It might seem a banality to say the world is changing, but the world is changing: rapidly, inevitably, sometimes unpredictably and painfully. Those who don’t realize it, acknowledge it, and adapt, risk being overtaken by history.

In Europe and America we have seen a complete rejection of the old way of doing things. Populists (justly called “the forgotten”) are emerging everywhere as a force to be reckoned with. The reaction of the establishment has been hysterical, childish, unhinged. The accusations and forecasts of doom against Brexit in UK, Trump in America, Salvini in Italy, Kurtz in Austria, Akesson in Sweden, Orban in Hungary (all of whom epitomize the ongoing changes), appalling when not risible. Deplorables, racists, fascists, nazis, no insult against populists has been spared to label those who want only respect and consideration for themselves and their countries, but have been betrayed by their governments and by the intelligentsia now working full time for the elites.

Despite multiculturalism’s total and abject failure and the suffering caused by the excesses of globalism, elites have used every trick, insult, deployment of thugs, enlisting of Hollywood types, sport and TV personalities, journalists and even Miss America contestants to defend the status quo ante. No events such as funerals or commemoration of tragedies are sacred anymore but become opportunities to threaten, offend, score political points, rally voters. Moreover, the “Big Ones” like Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, continue to oppose Trump notwithstanding the revival of the economy, obviously more interested in H-1B visas than in anything else, while Nike, Apple, Levi’s Strauss and Co. hate to put at risk their slave labor supply chains abroad.

Most recently, the discredited and ineffectual United Nations is accusing Italy of human rights abuses and racism against illegals, while (don’t laugh) electing  Saudi Arabia to the Women Rights Commission and more recently to the Executive Board of UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women).

People are not stupid and this behavior, thank goodness, backfires most of the time. However, what is worrying is not their ridiculous antics, but the fact that in their desperation they are increasingly and dangerously inching towards anti-democratic positions such as censorship (social communications systems like those mentioned above reflect and feed their bubble), the leaking of fake information or made up documents (a New York Times reduced to Alex Jones’ style of conspiracy peddling), the use of the judiciary to thwart the plans of political opponents, or even worse to suggest democracy and universal suffrage should be scrapped (or the Electoral College in U.S.) in favor of more useful — that is, cynically exploitable — political systems (non-elected European Union anyone?)

Trump haters are a case in point: how else to explain why a booming economy, an increased security, a realistic foreign policy would trigger abnormal reactions, criminal threats, ridiculous statements?

It should be pointed out that Trump’s undeniable successes have been achieved despite a conservative fifth column, despite an out of control Deep State (as confirmed by the New York Times’ ‘anonymous source’), despite the relentless albeit inconclusive Mueller investigation, despite a 90% negative Media, despite a noxious legacy still in the process of being dismantled, despite a progressive culture of identity politics, victimhood and entitlements expectations.

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Nevertheless, these are some of the results Trump has achieved to date:

  • Annualized economy running at 4.2 percent
  • Jobless claims (unemployment subsidies) at 50 years low
  • Minorities unemployment at historical low
  • Manufacturing jobs making a comeback
  • Wages increased by 2.9 percent year over year to the highest level since April 2009
  • Reduced illegal immigration
  • Black-owned businesses increased 400 percent
  • Black approval for Trump is now 36 percent (Rasmussen). Hispanics’ and Asians’ have increased as well thanks to more jobs and better economy
  • Drastic reduction of job stifling regulations
  • Jerusalem capital of Israel (law approved in 1995 and never implemented)
  • Cutting funds to UNRWA, a parasitic organization abetting terrorism
  • Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory
  • Appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch (Kavanaugh is being appointed at time of writing), more than 75 federal judges and 26 appeals judges
  • Keystone pipeline finally under construction, ANWR oil fields will be reopened
  • Concrete moves to equalize Trade Balance with other countries to the point of proposing to abolish tariffs
  • NATO countries finally increasing budget by $10 billion

And many, many more.

You can see why any spin the Media wants to put on these numbers or attempts to disparage Trump’s performance are completely ludicrous.

We should also list under “successes” the slow and laborious (the difficult circumstances and the potential reward justify it) denuclearization of North Korea, the mounting pressure on Iran’s regime whose economy is imploding, the withdrawing from the JCPOA, the worst possible agreement with an enemy which only an Obama desperate for some kind of legacy could have pushed through, and last but not least the scrapping of the Paris Climate Accord.

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This last issue highlights unequivocally the globalists’ hypocrisy. As we all know, emerging countries are cheating (some would say understandably) on their numbers about CO2 emissions as they rush to develop their economies, but few know that Germany, who jointly proclaimed with Macron “the Paris Climate Treaty is irreversible and cannot be renegotiated” and blasted Trump for his withdrawal, “on August 20th, 2017, removed her own country from the primary treaty demands. Five months later, January 2018, again Angela Merkel, the anointed leader of far-left international political policy, withdrew entirely from the 2020 carbon emission reduction goal“. How many people have seen this in print or heard it on tv?

After all, no anonymous sources or Times op-eds can affect politics when results speak for themselves: economy is booming, America is again respected in the world, enemies are on guard and many leaders and great minds like Victor Davis Hanson or Niall Ferguson, just to name a few, are appreciative of what Trump is doing for America and the World.

However, that is precisely why the West is at risk: the global elites, desperate to keep their privileges and incapable of political discourse or of proposing viable alternative programs are going for broke, hell-bent on summoning all their resources, legal or not, to crush democratically elected governments not in line with their demands.

As I was finishing this piece, this Washington Post tweet flashed on my screen, as if to prove my points: “Another hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit

Don’t give up.

Giuliano Maciocci has worked as Manager and Head of Corporate Support Services for private and international organizations, including the United Nations, in many countries. He now divides his time between Rome, Italy and Harare, Zimbabwe.

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