We Need Good Answers Now (TruLies Blog by Hanno Burmester)

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What can the Left learn from Donald Trump’s victory? In his blog, Hanno Burmester puts forward five hypotheses on the outcome of the US election and calls for a reori­en­tation of those who are appalled by the Republican’s win. It is not enough, argues Burmester, to interpret Trump’s election as an error or the breach of a taboo. Rather, the Left has to learn that its old proposals – such as left-wing centrism or direct democracy – are not appro­priate in times of strong polar­ization. The Left needs to provide good answers to pressing questions – otherwise, right-wing populism will continue to be successful in Europe as well.

This contri­bution was origi­nally published on 11/11/2016 in the Carta magazine. Hanno Burmester is Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum in Berlin and works on the future of democracy.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website: http://trulies-europe.de/.

Hanno Burmester’s contri­bution can be found here.