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As Western politics is reshaped by hatred, cosmopolitans mustn’t become part of the problem

It's easy to become intolerant to those who think differently. But there's a way to acknowledge difference—while still focussing on what we have in common

By Brendan Cox   February 2018

Brendan Cox at a Great Get Together event. But how can self-declared "cosmopolitans" best bring people together? Photo: PA

Western politics is being reshaped by an insurgent political force. From Donald Trump to Viktor Orbán, what unites these movements is their central strategy of using hatred against minority groups to gain favour with the majority population.

We have taken to calling these forces “populist,” though in my view that sanitises their hate-based strategy, and falsely suggests that all their views enjoy real, popular support. If this were happening in…

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