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The Dutch election was the first bright spot in a while for people in Europe and the United States who are deeply worried that the backlash against globalization will bring even more white "Judeo-Christian" nationalist parties to power.The standard way of describing political forces ranging from Viktor Orban's Fidesz party in Hungary to Marine Le Pen's National Front in France to Donald Trump's supporters in the United States is "populist". Populism means a politics of the people, juxtaposed against a politics of the elites. But in the U.S. at least, Trump's ideology, which has little to do with traditional Republican conservatism, frames the axis of division not as the many versus the few, but as nationalists versus globalists.In fact, Mitchell argues, what is really happening is not a mass movement of the people, but a "revolt in the name of national sovereignty".By maintaining sovereignty at the national rather than the global level, borders can be defended and communities defined and maintained.Thus, Mitchell argues, globalism and identity politics go together, and both are detached from national identity.Back in the U.S., many Trump supporters also excoriate globalists for what they experience as sneering disdain.
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