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The NDP has shifted from being the party of the workers to the elitist left.

The political class and the in-crowd of the economically secure think the 10's of thousands that supported the Freedom Convoy are just a bunch of losers (the fringe minority with unacceptable views - well, unacceptable to them because they don't have to go to bed at night with the shoe of the elitists pressed down on their heads) and they think that because of the echo chamber of those around them who agree they have it all figured out.

They don't. And they are going to be challenged.

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Ah yes, Macron, and his globalist elite. The very crowd that Trudeau is so enamoured and involved with. They must offer up Utopia and undying happiness to the peons for a vote. While they and the massive globalist corporations take over the lives and businesses of the people, dictating who may say what and on where. That utopia that strips the people of all control as they are wholly dependent on the government to survive. Yes we see them in Shanghai up in their whaling towers, jumping to their deaths. That is after they put their pets in plastic bags to be slaughtered in the streets before their eyes. That is your utopia. Any one thinking it’s other than that when you hand your lives and all control to government officials who crave power and wealth (they all do) this is how it ends. There is no utopia and you can not buy happiness..

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Macron beat Le Pen previously because people worried that she was a bigot who would discriminate against a sizeable majority of French citizens, ie Muslims.

Now we know that Macron is a bigot who discriminates against a sizeable minority of French citizens, ie the unvaccinated.

He deserves to lose.

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You know, maybe it's time we took a very long and very, very hard look at the 'globalist' economic model we've been following for the last 35-odd years.

From signing "free trade" deals that were effectively bills of rights for foreign companies and transferred power from elected officials to unelected, unaccountable trade bureaucrats, gutted key regulatory protections (one reason our banking system didn't implode the way America's did in 2008 was because of our stricter banking regulations), constantly gutting the tax bases and making it harder for governments to actually do the things we expect them to (from education to infrastructure to the military, and running up huge deficits when we run into sudden problems) and allowing good-paying jobs to be constantly moved offshore, it's all led to, as Ms. Raworth and several other commenters have alluded to, rising inequality, people feeling like they have no future and increasing receptiveness to far-right populism.

When a conservative stalwart and leftist punching bag like Jonathan Kay writes about how he finds a lot of the ideas suggested by Linda McQuaig reasonable, and the International Monetary Fund is sounding the alarm on the dangers of rising inequality, there's clearly something very, very rotten in Denmark.

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I'm of the belief that we've reached a Catch-22 for the government. They can't tell the truth and get elected, and they can't fix what's wrong without telling the truth.

Because of that, and a political class that now answered only to business (see subsidies and tax breaks) instead of the electorate, you have a very large group of very angry disenfranchised people. As a certain Austrian Corporal figured out, give people hope, and someone to blame their situation on and they will follow you to the ends of the earth. Add to that, there are a lot of people who aren't too bright (based on FB commentary...some of it is mine :) ) and that group gets larger and angrier as it absorbs misinformation by the handful paying no attention to whether it's real. When people start calling the act checkers liars because "they did their research", the problem grows fast.

The pressure is becoming explosive, and the leadership in the western world is lawn bowling rather than addressing it with reality.

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If Le Pen moves any further to the right she is going to meet herself coming the other way.

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Apr 19, 2022·edited Apr 19, 2022

Edit: Please delete, had reading comprehension issues

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Who is Kristin Raworth and where does she teach sociology?

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This view will be verified or falsified by the fraction of the 22% that voted socialist that jump to the fascists, rather than the centrist.

If the LePen appeal is really "economic anxiety", she'll pick up a bunch of socialists. I'm skeptical, but unwilling to predict French voters!

Canadian voters, I can predict on one issue: anti-immigrant == electoral suicide.

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