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Discussion > The Rise of Populism and the Backlash Against the Elites

Take your pick! The first 10 minutes or so of Jonathan's presentation (either clip) is well explained.

The psychology behind globalism, nationalism & political tribalism - Jonathan Haidt (20m)

The Rise of Populism and the Backlash Against the Elites, with Nick Clegg and Jonathan Haidt (1 hr 29m, with QnA from 48m 30s)

Jonathan is the real deal, but Nick does contribute in a LibDem sort of way. (The first part of the QnA is a show of hands for who is Left/Centre/Right.)

Apr 14, 2017 at 7:12 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Before spending some of my remaining time here on Earth on viewing this, your point is?

Apr 14, 2017 at 9:16 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat

ssat, some people need help in typecasting themselves, so that they can typecast others. It is Haidt's speciality, buying all of his books will do wonders for his self esteem and bank balance.

Apr 14, 2017 at 9:35 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Perhaps Martin Durkin's analysis on Dellers latest podcast is better ...

Haidt should retrain as a plumber - as far as I can see he's part of the problem.

Apr 15, 2017 at 12:10 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Apr 14, 2017 at 9:16 PM by ssat
With most discussions on this topic, we usually we hear one side, usually the 'Establishment', then part of the other side if we are lucky, using different terminology, from different perspectives, and it's never presented in a chronological order. We then have to reassemble the information to make sense of it.

Here Haidt presents a description of why the backlash occurred, as an observer, using consistent language and, I think, making a good attempt to describe each stage even though they are at opposite ends of the argument (with him at one end :) see below)

Apr 15, 2017 at 12:10 AM by tomo
Haidt said he had moved from the Left, in childhood :) , to liberal, but it did look like a Lib-Dem event, and I did think, in his heart, he is nearer Clegg than Gladstone :) . Because of that, I didn't judge him too harshly: I thought, in spite of that, he did give a fair presentation (best out of the one I have seen) and he did end with the observation that most can see their communities at breaking point.

Martin's latest is not available:
'This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been closed.'

Apr 15, 2017 at 11:58 AM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher


I actually had the answer to this question some time back. It is that serfs rise up against those that have positions awarded them by one patronage or another and then work only to preserve those positions. Whether that is being a trustafarian (The Guardian), tenured at a university, a mandarin or a quango gravy train guard.

Hence observations such as "I think people have had enough of experts from organisations with acronyms saying they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong." which recently and memorably defined those 'elites'.

Take Back Control, (whoever coined it peace be upon her), was the perfect concept at the right time. The perfect antidote to the moralising Left (97% these days:) rather than the caring left.

Apr 15, 2017 at 1:11 PM | Unregistered Commenterssat


What was your source?

Apr 15, 2017 at 1:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Christopher

This is Camille Paglia discussing her latest book: "Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism" but I found it more of a potpourri of observations in keeping with what I consider common sense, which is surprising considering how she describes herself. I think her thoughts are a reminder of what the media have discarded and 'must be forgotten' by the sane:
Stop BLAMING Men! Camille Paglia argues women's malaise caused by societal changes, not men

What she says may be obvious to ssat, and it is a bit random, but I haven't heard so many grounded observations for some time, in part because it is so discouraged. Few answers, but some hope that the right questions may be asked.

(Trump is mentioned at 54 min. and is quite hard hitting.)

Apr 18, 2017 at 12:22 AM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher