As the populist “revolution” swept across Western democracies last year, one point we were keen on driving home was the extent to which folks like Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and their ilk were lying to voters.
Essentially, these would-be anti-globalist “heroes” marshaled support for their cause by capitalizing on the fear and xenophobia engendered by the rise of ISIS and the influx of refugees fleeing the war-torn Mideast.
That fear and xenophobia was cultivated and transformed into a nationalistic fervor that scapegoated globalism and multiculturalism for problems that stemmed from forces that had very little to do with progressivism.
The populist message resonated loudly with uneducated voters. That, clearly, is a recipe for disaster.
And so, as exit polls in the UK point to political turmoil dead ahead, we thought this was a great time to remind you that this is the kind of thing that can happen when people are forced to make a momentous decision based not on an informed opinion, but almost solely on emotion.
There’s no better way to illustrate that point than to once again present the following Google Trends chart which shows that when the UK voted to leave the EU, a whole lot of people didn’t even know what it was they were voting to leave…