“Populism is rising because liberals have become unbearable. In my core, I’m probably more liberal than not although fundamentally I see myself as a journalist and I like to see both sides and I can argue both sides of all these things, but liberals have become utterly, pathetically illiberal and it is a massive problem.”
Couple of thoughts on this: first, I’m not a big fan of Piers Morgan, but he’s an intelligent man, and he’s gotten less objectionable since getting back to the UK. Maybe he’s seeing some things that he couldn’t see as clearly, here in the US? Or maybe it’s just like my father used to say: “Even a stopped clock is right twice a day”…? I dunno. But he’s right about this!
Not all populists are alt-right or far-right or whatever you want to call it, by any means. Most are just ordinary folks who are tired of seeing their own people being crapped on by privileged, entitled elites who claim that the ordinary people are the “privileged” ones. But I’ve said since the 2016 Presidential campaign that maybe the alt-right are antibodies for Antifa, cultural Marxists, and their ilk.
As a historian, I would say that you don’t get something like what happened in Germany in the 1930s because of people like Trump. You get it because of people like Antifa, and their apologists in the media, academia, and so on, until finally ordinary folks get sick and tired of it, and either hit back, or throw their support behind people who are willing to hit back.
That’s what happened in the Weimar Republic in the ’30s: you would never have had the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, a.k.a. Nazis) coming to power if it were not for the Marxists (and the stupidity and greed of the victorious Allies) giving them something to fight against.
Some call Antifa the new “Brownshirts,” but what they really are is the new Red Guards. But if we’re not careful, and don’t reign them in by lawful means, they may end up spawning Brownshirt-equivalents to take the law into their own hands. And that really would be tragic – but it would also be the sociopolitical equivalent of Newton’s Third Law: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
That’s basically what Piers Morgan is saying, although he doesn’t put it quite so starkly: “Populism is rising because people are fed up with the PC culture. They’re fed up with snowflakery, they’re fed up with people being offended by everything and they’re gravitating towards forceful personalities who go: ‘This is all nonsense!'”
And as I say, he’s absolutely right. The Versailles Treaty is what enabled the rise of the Nazis in the 20th century. The Green New Deal, or something similar, may be the spark that ignites some sort of populist authoritarianism in the 21st – if only as a reaction against Left-wing authoritarianism!
Update, Monday 28 August 2019: Here’s Dr. Steve Turley’s take: