Britain’s Populist Fantasies
The election of Jeremy Corbyn as the new leader of the British Labour Party is a reminder that life is rich with paradox. Globalization – the web of travel, technology, trade, and information that binds the world ever more closely together – is hardly a new phenomenon. But politics in many developed democracies has lately been disrupted by populist insurgencies seeking to exit this shared reality. What these groups do not seem to recognize is that the alternative they wish for is a fantasy.