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RISE OF THE RIGHT

“I’M RIGHT, YOU’RE WRONG.” FROM RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM TO LEFT-WING POPULISM, THE WORLD BECAME AN ANGRIER PLACE IN 2016. OLD SYSTEMS ARE BROKEN AND MANY OF US ARE LOOKING FOR A FIX. MOBEEN AZHAR SPENT THE DAY AT A POLLING STATION IN MONTANA ON THE DAY TRUMP TRIUMPHED. HE ASKS WHAT EVERYTHING THIS YEAR HAS SERVED UP MEANS AND WHERE WE GO FROM HERE

IN THE 1999 MOVIE FIGHT CLUB, Edward Norton plays a bored white-collar everyman, desperately searching for purpose. His world doesn’t satisfy his primal needs. There’s no threat; only marketing and things to consume. All the battles have been won.

The film struck a chord with Generation X because it represented what many premillennials thought was on the cards: a world so void of struggle it’s beige.

Who, then, could have foreseen what the 21st century has delivered? Global economic depression, international terrorism and the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Amid this apocalyptic backdrop the political right has risen like a multi-headed sea monster. From the orange cartoon shorthand of Donald Trump, to Le Pen’s France and UKIP-land, the world is a very scary place.

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On the cover, the new queen of pop Christine and the Queens talks sexuality, subversion, Michael Jackson… and Trump! Elsewhere in this issue: from courtroom battles to the Strictly ballroom with Judge Rinder; Sweden’s siren Tove Lo on sex, drugs and pop music; Do throuples work? Millennial sexuality in the spotlight; and The Pass star Arinze Kene on the taboo of gay footballers.