How right-wing populism overcame distance

There has been something keenly unnerving about the weeks since the presidential election — and not just because of Donald Trump’s refusal to concede and hapless (and still ongoing) attempts to reverse its results. What’s discomforting is that all of it — the president’s anti-democratic antics along with the technologically intensified cheers and jeers of those defending and denouncing him — is a distressing sign that the madness of politics over the past four years is going to continue long after the Trump administration comes to an end on Jan. 20, 2021.

Why has right-wing populism risen to prominence — and why is it likely to remain a driving force in our politics?

Many point to technology (especially social media) and its tendency to undermine the authority of established institutions, spread distrust, and encourage the creation of separate epistemological universes (often called echo chambers or information


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