The Wheel and Axle

Age of the Demagogue

by on Nov.11, 2016, under Society

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The world sees a global power shift. We are now basically run by a circle of bullies and demagogues: just reflect on who the leaders of the UN Security Council are soon to be: Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Donald Trump.

Of course, there are still François Hollande and Theresa May, both of whom may still bring in some form of temperance (for one thing, both have supported same-sex marriage in their countries and have more liberal leanings). However, Hollande’s approval ratings in his own country are down. Theresa enjoys more popularity in hers, she recently had some criticism for her “cliched verbiage” in congratulating Trump, a too-safe approach compared to Angela Merkel’s more on-point message to the Orange Man.

So with Hollande and May seemingly not as assertive in the global scene, at least from what I see, we are left with three big bullies who basically have the fate of the world in their hands.

Isn’t that just lovely?

I wonder if it’s too late to sign up for that one-way-trip-to-Mars project.

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