Samuel Glen argues that left-wing pundits often characterises the rise of right-wing populist parties as irrational. Typically, this is because conservatives do not subscribe to the same worldview as liberals but that is not irrational. The support for parties or movements like Trump’s are rational responses to changing conditions, and it is these movements which will provide the ultimate test for liberalism itself.
Tim LaRocco argues exclusively for Alochonaa that Donald Trump was the target of ridicule during the election campaign, yet he now stands poised to enter the presidency. His campaign certainly was unconventional but it struck a chord with a large number of voters dissatisfied with the failed policies of the current establishment. Across issues such as trade, immigration and foreign policy, Trump differentiated himself from Clinton and it paid dividends. However, Tim LaRocco opines that “Mr. Trump will soon find out that running for president and being president are two completely different things”.
Monishankar Prasad attempts to connect the Trump victory with the raising discontent against globalisation of the working classes from Birmingham, Alabama to Bengaluru. He argues that there is a dire need of new forms of political representation to account for this new political discourse as the left has fallen short.
Cries of fascism and censorship have been thrown about by the mainstream press after the Indian government took NDTV, a top Indian news channel, off the air for 24 hours. Rohit Pathania argues that whilst there a things to criticise about media censorship in India, this particular case related to dangerous live reporting from a conflict zone, something the Indian government must be particularly careful about since the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
Simon Leitch argues that the recent court decision to hand over the power to trigger a Brexit to the British Parliament will not, by itself, prevent Britain from leaving the EU. Brexit is still on. Nonetheless, it adds more complications to the process and it may yet be a decisive step in derailing Brexit.
Professor Ariadne Vromen mounts a criticism to the journal ranking system of the Australian Political Studies Association. Australian based political science journals revolves around positivist, quantitative methodologies. This research paradigm continues to be entrenched by the need for academics to publish in the handful of A* journals, the very journals which promote positivist methodologies to the near exclusion of all others.
Simon Leitch reflects on the criticism of Pew Research on Bangladeshis’ supporting terrorism. He argues that the recent survey in the Bangladesh case may or may not reflect some useful archetype of Bangladeshi views but the solution to the problem is more and better polling, rather than simple rejection via anecdote.