With fireworks being set off across America for Independence Day, it is safe to say that the term ‘patriotism’ continues to divide opinion in the United States (US) and the wider Western world. For some, it implies a deep love for the nation, a healthy sense of belonging to one’s own country. For others, it at best represents small-minded isolationism; at worst, a dangerous sense of national superiority which threatens to destabilise the international system.
The political rise of Donald Trump to the office of the US presidency sent shockwaves throughout the Western world, as did the United Kingdom’s (UK) decision to leave the EU in June 2016. These were political earthquakes in their own right. There are striking parallels to be drawn between these seismic political events. Both events, completely unexpected by the swathe of metropolitan sophisticates in the spheres of politics, media and the universities, also served the purpose of laying bare a kind of ‘liberal intolerance’ – which many ordinary people associate increasingly with the so-called ‘chattering classes’.
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