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There are many explanations for Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in this week's elections that have to do with Israel's particular situation -- its economic boom, stable security climate and the prime minister's political talent. But he is also part of a much larger phenomenon: the continued strength of populist nationalism around the world -- and the continued inability of left-of-center parties to respond to it.Look at Putin's claim that Russia has been pushed around by the West since the Cold War, the Chinese obsession with their humiliation since the opium wars, the Israeli right's complaint that the world is biased against Israel, and Trump's constant refrain that all foreigners -- from Mexicans to Chinese to Europeans -- take advantage of America. These leaders promise to rectify the situation and restore their countries' proper standing in the world.In fact, despite the pose of victimhood adopted by most of these populists, nationalism is probably the most widely held ideology in the world today.What if Trump understands the mood of our times better than Bernie Sanders?
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