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The populist moment

Mendacity and caprice have always been found in politics, yet until recently there was a certain price to be paid. But no longer perhaps, and not only because of Donald Trump. Around the world, from Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil (whose ruinous stance on the Amazon Julia Blunck exposes on p38) to Viktor Orbán in Hungary, a shameless new form of governance is on the march. It trades in feelings not facts, nostalgia not progress, grievances not solutions, and chauvinism rather than co-operation. From behind a cover of ancient hatreds and hypedup modern threats, it disdains established processes and norms, and manoeuvres itself into a position where ordinary rules do not apply.

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