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    Populist Revolt Spreading Across the West

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    By Alex Newman at LibertySentinel.org.

    All over the world, the peasants and the tax serfs are getting restless. That is the message that voters are sending loud and clear. From Argentina, Brazil, and India to the United States, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, and beyond, politically incorrect populist leaders and political parties are surging at the polls. In many cases, they are becoming the dominant political force as awareness grows surrounding the “Great Reset” and other totalitarian schemes from Big Business and Big Government elitists.  

    Consumers are revolting against the Zeitgeist, too. Just consider the powerful messages being sent to “woke” companies like Target, Bud Light, Disney, and BlackRock, among others, in the form of boycotts, withdrawing investment, and more. In short, Americans and people around the world are sick and tired of having anti-social ideas shoved down their throats. And the trends look set to accelerate in the years ahead.   

    The signs were already obvious in 2016 — at least to those paying attention. It began in the summer in Britain when voters, in defiance of the entire political and media class, voted to secede from the increasingly aggressive superstate known as the European Union. After decades of abuse at the hands of EU bureaucrats and uncontrolled immigration, voters had enough and said so, risking the doom and gloom predicted by disgraced Prime Minister David Cameron and others.  

    Next, it was Americans’ turn. Despite well over 90 percent of network news coverage being negative and unprecedented opposition from the Republican establishment and the Democrats, Donald Trump cruised toward a massive victory that shook elitists in the press and government to their core. Trump ran on an openly populist platform, vowing to return power to the people and crush the Deep State that had been spitting on Americans for generations. And he won.  

    The establishment fought back, of course. One of the key reasons why the Deep State believed it was losing the narrative war was the proliferation of competing views online. And so, censorship and rigging of algorithms would quickly become the next major tool in the establishment’s war against the public uprising that was spreading like wildfire on both sides of the Atlantic.  

    No single voice was more prominent than Alex Jones and his media empire, Infowars. To get a sense of his influence, consider that when he was banned in 2018, the year after Trump took office, in addition to the millions listening via his nationally syndicated radio program or his millions followers on social-media platforms, Jones had 2.5 million subscribers just on YouTube.   

    For perspective, that was about a million more than Fox News, the leading cable news station, and almost 2 million more than legacy networks CBS News or NBC News had attracted so far. The Washington Post had fewer than 400,000 subscribers a week after the purge of Jones began, while the New York Times had fewer than 1.5 million. Jones’ election coverage was often getting more views online than all the legacy media — combined! And so, one day, every major online platform banned him. 

    But censoring Jones — and later Trump himself — would not stem the tsunami of awakening sweeping the United States and the Western world. As current events show clearly, that stunning revolt against the elitist plan for humanity is growing stronger by the minute. In fact, virtually every credible poll shows Donald Trump crushing every Republican and Democrat challenger in the 2024 election, despite the endless stream of politically motivated felony charges.    

    This awakening is hardly limited to the United States. What follows is a round-up of some of the major developments in the populist wave sweeping the globe — especially in Latin America and Europe, nations that have historically been considered part of the West, also known as the “Free World” or Christendom in earlier generations.    

    After almost a century of socialism, big government, corruption, and globalism, the people of Argentina decided late last year they were fed up. In one of the most stunning victories of a political outsider in recent memory, Argentina voted overwhelmingly for populist Javier Milei. This bomb-throwing libertarian with disheveled hair vowed to cut his nation’s bloated government down to size — and to do it quickly. Ignoring their wannabe superiors in the media and politics, with help from hand-counted paper ballots, the people of Argentina launched a political earthquake.   

    On his very first day in office, Milei delivered on his signature “AFUERA” promise to slash the number of government ministries. Using an executive order, he eliminated more than half of all the government ministries. Among those on the chopping block: Ministries of education, science and technology, culture, environment, social development, and more. Next up, Milei has planned enormous decreases in taxes and spending.  

    Milei was not the first Latin American populist to defy the powerful far-left cabal that dominates regional politics and win. In 2018, former military man and hardcore conservative Jair Bolsonaro cruised to victory in Brazil by promising to stop the Marxist takeover of his country, expand personal freedom, and return to the Christian values that have always underpinned Western civilization. While Bolsonaro’s enemies were able to steal the 2022 election and stage a replica of the January 6 “attack” to take down his supporters, every honest analyst understands that the movement Bolsonaro leads is not going anywhere.    

    The year after Bolsonaro’s victory in Brazil, conservative populist Nayib Bukele won a landslide victory in El Salvador. Right away, he got to work cleaning up the corruption and crime that has plagued his nation for generations. And analysts expect voters to reward him with another major victory in the 2024 election as works to continue the policies that have made him so popular.  

    Even before any of those victories, populist Rodrigo Duterte won a crushing victory in the Philippines on a non-traditional platform. From blasting the United Nations and globalism to taking on the entrenched political establishment and devolving power through a federal system of government, Duterte truly shook up the nation’s politics. While he was unable to run again in 2022 due to the new federal Constitution that handed power to regional and local governments, the popular leader ended his term with a shocking 81 percent approval rating.  

    Europe is also seeing an unprecedented wave of populism and conservative candidates dedicated to defeating globalism, mass migration, social engineering, “green” schemes, and other policies peddled by elitists in Big Business and Big Government. At the European level, more and more parties that oppose even the EU’s existence are being elected to the largely impotent European “Parliament,” signaling a growing dissatisfaction with the whole globalist project. But at the national level, the trends are even clearer, with Hungary’s anti-globalist Viktor Orban merely the tip of the spear.   

    Most recently, populist firebrand Geert Wilders of the Netherlands and his Party for Freedom (PVV) delivered a crushing blow to the establishment. In the latest parliamentary elections, PVV won more seats than any other party by far, right after the farmers’ party won a previous election for the upper house of parliament by vowing to stop the war on farmers.  

    The victorious PVV, long on the fringes, ran on its traditional platform of stopping mass migration, resisting Islamization, giving voters a choice on getting out of the EU, and defending Christian values. Voters decided they liked what they heard. As this is being written, Wilders is on the verge of becoming the next prime minister, something the establishment regarded as unthinkable just a few years ago. And polls show he is even more popular now than when he won the election just a few months ago.  

    A similar landslide for anti-establishment and populist forces occurred in Switzerland’s October election. The Swiss People’s Party, which supports guns and reversing mass migration while preserving individual liberty and Switzerland’s independence from globalist institutions such as the EU, dominated the polls with almost 30 percent of the vote. The next closest contender was the left-wing party that won 18 percent of the vote.  

    In Europe’s far North, Swedish politics — long dominated by the left and the far-left — has seen an incredible surge of support for populist anti-establishment forces. The “Sweden First” Sweden Democrats, who are now finally part of the coalition government with other “conservatives” parties after many years of mainstream ostracism, are by far the most popular members of the coalition with voters. And they are determined to reverse the mass migration, wage war on the EU’s power grabs, and much more.  

    Italy, too, has seen populist forces take power. In Italian election results that shocked the world, populist firebrand Giorgia Meloni with the “Brothers of Italy” party became prime minister on a platform of rolling back immigration, supporting the family and traditional Christian values, and stopping the spread of “woke” and LGBT extremism. She has also spoken out clearly and directly against the globalist threat to nations and Christian civilization. 

    “You see, political correctness is a shockwave, a cancel culture that tries to upset and remove every single beautiful, honorable and human thing that our civilization has developed,” she wrote in her autobiography. “It is a nihilistic wind of unprecedented ugliness that tries to homogenize everything in the name of One World. In short, political correctness – the Gospel that a stateless and rootless elite wants to impose – is the greatest threat to the founding value of identities.”   

    Even Germany, long cowed into submission to globalism and leftwing extremism due to its Nazi history, is slowly breaking the establishment stranglehold on its politics. In October’s state elections, the anti-establishment, pro-Germany “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) trounced the “mainstream” establishment parties in what was seen as a sign of looming disaster for the ruling coalition that has imported millions of Islamic migrants, shredded the nation’s energy infrastructure, sold out its sovereignty, and trampled on the fundamental liberties of Germans.   

    The notoriously dishonest fake media has portrayed all these populist victories as part of a sinister “far-right extremist” threat to “democracy.” But even two seconds of thinking about this will reveal the deception. By referring to small-government, pro-freedom and anti-establishment parties as “far right,” the goal is to dupe voters into thinking of Adolf Hitler — the far-left leader of Germany’s National Socialist (Nazi) party. Of course, the voices and parties smeared as “far right” today stand for the exact opposite of Hitler’s Big Government control.  

    But voters are seeing through that deception, too. Even the Germans are no longer being terrorized into shying away from pro-freedom parties and rallies for freedom with the fraudulent abuse of language. Polling data suggest that across Latin America, Europe, and the United States, the shift toward populism is only in its early stages. Unless the establishment is able to crash and burn everything, its days may be numbered. Now, to maintain the momentum, populists must beware of establishment wolves in populist sheep’s clothing.  

    How this will all play out in the years ahead remains to be seen. The establishment does not intend to relinquish power easily. But one thing is certain: Politics is going to get interesting — and intense — in the coming years. As voters do everything they can to protect their liberties and civilization from the globalist establishment seeking to destroy them, the battle is set to intensify going into 2024. Hang on to your seats!

    Published with permission from Alex Newman at LibertySentinel.org.

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