Politics

Elites Must Either Engage Populists or Lose to Them

It's not all about economic inequality. Other rifts are harder to heal.

The anti-elite president.

Photographer: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

A big part of the homework the political center needs to do after Brexit, Donald Trump's triumph and the rise in nationalist populism across Europe is to define the sources of growing popular resentment against the "elite." That distrust is behind recent election surprises and what disoriented media professionals have dubbed a "post-truth" attitude toward the news. Fixing it could be the key to future stability.

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