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The new political antagonism

Globalisation and nationalism have displaced the party conflicts of the 20th century

By Colin Crouch  

An illustration of the decapitation of Louis XVI ©Réunio des Musées Nationaux

Behind the intense conflict between globalisation and the new stirring of nationalism across much of the world stands that old, 18th century struggle between the values of the ancien régime and those of the Enlightenment. Donald Trump, Islamic State, Vladimir Putin, the Leave campaigners, Marine Le Pen and others do not all like each other, but they all have problems with globalisation—problems…

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