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In the United States, the so-called liberal establishment is convinced it was robbed by an insurgency of "deplorables" weaponized by Russian President Vladimir Putin's hackers and Facebook's sinister inner workings.While all of these fears are highly correlated with the militant parochialism fueling Trump and Brexit, they are only tangential to the deeper cause – class war against the poor – alluded to by the car affordability data in the U.S. and the credit-dependence of much of Britain's population.True, some relatively affluent middle-class voters also supported Trump and Brexit. As the working class was growing in size worldwide, even though its jobs and employment prospects were shrinking in the Anglosphere, these elites behaved as if class were passe.Predictably, the embrace of the working class by Trump and the Brexiteers was always going to arm them with electoral power that, sooner or later, would be deployed against working-class interests and, of course, minorities – always the penchant of populism in power, from the 1930s to today.Judging by its callous treatment of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the liberal establishment seems to fear such a movement more than it does Trump and Brexit.
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