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The Age of Nostalgia

FOREIGN POLICY

The world is marching backward into the future. Millions of people, particularly in advanced economies, believe that life was better 50 years ago: Job opportunities abounded, local communities were intact, and the pace of technological change was manageable. In today’s epidemic of nostalgia, yesterday is associated with progress; tomorrow with stasis or regression.

Is Pensioner Populism Here to Stay?

PROJECT SYNDICATE

It is often assumed that the rise of populism in Western democracies is primarily a response to economic insecurity and anger toward privileged elites. But the fact is that neither of those sentiments can be understood without also accounting for the political consequences of population aging.

The Global Nostalgia Epidemic

PROJECT SYNDICATE

Nostalgia has become a driving force behind nationalist movements the world over, and nowhere is this more true than in the case of Brexit. But as seven recent books show, the Brexiteers’ yearning for a return to their country’s supposedly glorious imperial past is not just fanciful, but also dangerous.


Populism And The Need For A New Social Contract

SOCIAL EUROPE

The Western world is at the gates of a deep and prolonged political convulsion. What connects apparently isolated developments such as Brexit, the rise of the Front National in France, or the nomination of Donald Trump as Republican candidate to the presidency of the United States, is a broad breakdown of trust in the liberal order and the elites that represent it.