The polarization of Western societies did not start with Donald Trump. What we are witnessing now is the culmination of a process that has been going on for decades. But Trump’s rise undoubtedly accelerated the process. Or perhaps the process accelerated Trump’s rise.
Suddenly, everyone is being called something—fascist, Nazi, communist, socialist, extremist.
It feels as though that all-important middle—which used to make up the large majority of the electorate—no longer exists.
But just as things are never purely black nor white, neither is everyone residing at the extremes, which is exactly why the DC establishment employs them so readily—identity politics: pursued through a compliant and complicit corporate media.
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