A student offers a heart-shaped paper cutout to a French CRS riot policeman during a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Lyon, France, as part of nationwide labor reform bill protests by students and union members, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Robert Pratta
The dual forces of globalization and authoritarianism are colliding—in America and abroad. Deep structural shifts have taken place in the global economy, from rapid technological advances to major changes in migration. And while these shifts have created economic opportunity for millions, they have also put many out of work, displaced others, and stirred discontent on a mass scale. The upshot is fertile ground for authoritarian leaders who feed on fear and uncertainty. This week’s reads help to illustrate the nature of these shifts, and provide a glimpse of some of their uglier ramifications.
RISE OF AUTHORITARIANISM
Researchers have found that authoritarianism is the greatest indicator to predict supporters of Donald Trump. These findings reveal long-term American support for authoritarian leaders.
Jacob Weisberg/Financial Times
Weisberg contends that autocracy in America is different from that of Europe, and that Donald Trump embodies American autocracy. The Republican establishment realized this, along with his commanding power over the Republican electorate, too late to pose a formidable challenge to Mr. Trump.
Stephan Faris/Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Faris cautions European critics of Donald Trump who believe he would never be elected in Europe. Trump’s key messages would most likely resonate with marginalized working-class European voters who have put other nationalist politicians in positions of leadership.
Safak Timur and Tim Arango/The New York Times
On Friday, Turkish authorities seized control of the country’s most read newspaper, Zaman
, with a court order. This caused protests from Turkish citizens, newspaper employees, and global advocates of freedom of the press.
CHANGING FACE OF GLOBALIZATION
Alex Barker and Duncan Robinson/Financial Times
Germany and Turkey’s plan of returning any refugee who arrives on any Greek island back to Turkey is simple, but it faces several legal, political, and logistical obstacles in order to be deemed a success.
Shawn Donnan/Financial Times
This year will mark the fifth straight year of dismal growth in global trade. Experts believe this is a sign that factors that have driven globalization are shifting to include the digital world and big data.
Somini Sengupta/The New York Times
Sengupta argues that having too many young people is a problem in developing nations due to a lack of well-paying jobs for them. This can spur mass relocation, political discontent, negative impacts on the global economy, and myriad other negative consequences.
Matthieu Aikins/The New Yorker
The New Yorker
presents the story of an Afghan contractor for the United States military who earned more than one hundred and sixty million dollars for his services. The contractor is accused of making record profits from bribery.
Tom Burgis/Financial Times
Vast Ethiopian farm lands have caught the attention of land-hunters, who invest large sums into farms in the hopes of maximizing profits. The farm lands remain both a source of triumph and violence for Ethiopia.