Replaying 1930s? 

Is liberalism distasteful of popular choices? That’s the fateful question I faced after expressing disappointment at Donald Trump winning US presidential elections.

Don’t heed the fear mongering, the world will be just fine, said another comforting advise.

As the humanity turns to adventurous political choices once again, we have a pantheon of savy demagogues strutting on the world stage. And many more aspirants are waiting in the wings.

The identity politics feeding virulent nationalism has re-established its sway after a rout following the last big war. Suddenly, the liberals are typecast as contrarians, and pushed hard for explanations which looked obvious till recently. 

Why am I cagey about popular choices? 

The concern is about a world looking increasingly frustrated. The disappearing lustre of living in the developed markets and the timidity of progress in the developing ones are tearing up hard won social comforts. But when globalism is cruel, parochialism has to return.

Peering into the school history textbooks, I had wondered how Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini became who they were. An ageing white man or a woman in the Rust Belt of Trump’s America has spend a lifetime watching globalisation pass by shuttered factories and closed mines.

An innately wise humanity is a truant ideal, often seeking escapades in troubled times. The brittleness of a descending life brings the mob to the gates of a stubborn hero.

Are we swinging back to the dystopian fix of the 1930s? 


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