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A Surprising Reason to Worry About Low Birth Rates

“This is where I could see falling birth rates playing a role in populism” writes Olga Khazan for theatlantic.com. I recently came across something that’s made me sit up and pay attention to fertility rates: There is research linking falling fertility to rising populism.In a 2011 academic article, Anna Sofia Lundgren and Karin Ljuslinder describe how populism and an aging population might be related. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Cyberwarfare, populism top ‘black swan’ events at Milken conference

“My black swan is politics, politics in the West which is getting bust,” said Peter Mandelson, a former European trade commissioner and British first secretary of state” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “And bust politics has two effects.BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Cyberwarfare and populism are some of the top risks that could threaten global stability and financial markets in the years ahead, investors and policymakers warned at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference this week, as they characterized them as black swan events.Others cited rising populism in the…

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It isn’t a dirty word – it’s time for the left to reclaim it

“From the start of the 2017 election campaign Corbyn framed the contest in the language of progressive populism” writes David Mcknight for theguardian.com. Some see progressive populism as the natural continuation and revival of social democratic and labour politics which have been compromised by their turn to “third way” politics. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Italy just voted for two very different kinds of populism

“These are the years in which Chinese imports grew the most, in Italy as well as in other western European countries” reports washingtonpost.com. We then considered how much Chinese imports to Italy increased in each sector between 1989 and 2007.Beyond this superficial similarity, though, their economic policy platforms are radically different and target very different kinds of economic distress.For each region, we computed how much its workforce had been affected by competition from Chinese imports and by automation. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Trump’s populism begins to take shape as Republicans worry

“But the area where Trump has most squarely taken on his own party is tariffs and trade” writes Carolyn Kaster Ap for washingtonexaminer.com. Yet Trump’s trade protectionism has probably been his most consistent public policy view, and it has persisted even after nationalist and populist advisers like former chief strategist Steve Bannon have left the White House.Republicans are worried about losing a Pennsylvania special election in which Democrat Conor Lamb has arguably sounded more Trumpian on these issues than GOP candidate Rick Saccone. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Why Italy’s election and opposition in northern Europe could derail Macron’s plan to reform the euro zone

“Germany will be more concerned with risk-sharing,” Haralambous told CNBC. Current proposals to reform the euro zone are based on a higher-level of risk-sharing between the 19 countries in the euro zone” writes Ludovic Marin for cnbc.com. The rising support for populism across Europe is set to complicate the plans of French President Emmanuel Macron to reform the euro zone. “Populism will be a hurdle,” Bas van Geffen, analyst at RaboResarch in the Netherlands, told CNBC over the phone, adding that euro zone reform will be a “long process.”. But…

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Steve Bannon went to Italy to support its sweeping populist victory

“Populist firebrand Steve Bannon, Trump’s former White House strategist, has shifted his focus to Italy for the country’s election, which took place Sunday and plunged national politics into deep uncertainty” writes Natasha Turak for cnbc.com. To help spread populism in Europe by supporting Italy’s right-wing parties, the largest of which saw its share of the vote increase dramatically. Before the results came out, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni called the election “a contest against populism.”.  Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Who will claim Italy at the polls?

“Berlusconi, who is 81, is ineligible to serve as prime minister because of a previous tax conviction, but he promised this week to appoint Antonio Tajani, the president of the European parliament, to serve as premier if his Forza Italia party wins on Sunday” writes Stephanie Kirchgaessner for theguardian.com. Under Italy’s new and complicated election law, none of the major parties or coalitions appear to have enough support to win an outright majority. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Op-Ed Contributor: What Does a True Populism Look Like? It Looks Like the New Deal

“The populist backlash unleashed by advanced stages of economic globalization should not have been a surprise, least of all to economists” writes Dani Rodrik for nytimes.com. By his day’s standards, and perhaps also today’s, Roosevelt was an economic populist.It is also that the bad kind of populism spawned by globalization may require a good kind of populism to fend it off. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Douthat: The Pull of Populism

“Not as a completely coherent agenda, obviously, but as a tendency, a force pulling conservatism toward a nationalism-infused deficit-financed populism even when Ryan and Mick Mulvaney are theoretically setting the agenda” writes Ross Douthat for nytimes.com. Candidate Trump stiff-armed Republican economic orthodoxy and won the Midwest by promising a flood of infrastructure spending, universal health care, protectionism, middle-class tax cuts — a right-wing Keynesianism for the common man.This pull exerted itself weakly but meaningfully on the tax bill, which was dominated by a corporate tax cut but also reshaped around…

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