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NEW YORK – Když přespříliš Italů koncem minulého měsíce hlasovalo buď pro pochybného a zdiskreditovaného podnikatelského magnáta, anebo pro baviče, evropské akciové trhy se zřítily. Bez důvěry veřejnosti v politickou třídu se může stát, že Itálie bude nezvladatelná.

Italové ale nejsou sami. Zlost namířená proti politickému establishmentu se stala celosvětovým fenoménem. Čínským blogerům, americkým aktivistům z hnutí Tea Party, britským eurofobům, egyptským islamistům, nizozemským populistům, příznivcům řecké krajní pravice i thajským „červeným tričkům“ je společná jedna věc: nenávist vůči statu quo a pohrdání elitami země. Žijeme ve věku populismu. Autorita konvenčních politiků a tradičních médií se rychle vytrácí.

Populismus může být nezbytným korektivem, když politické strany zkornatí, masmédia ovládne lhostejnost (či blízkost k moci) a úřednický aparát nereaguje na potřeby lidu. V globalizovaném světě řízeném bankéři a technokraty mnoho lidí cítí, že do veřejných záležitostí nemohou mluvit a cítí se opuštění.

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