Gideon Rachman: The Age of the Strongman: How the Cult of the Leader Threatens Democracy around the World
“Build the Wall!” “Get Brexit Done!” Adore me. I am your saviour!
Populism captures the zeitgeist of the first half of the 21st century in world politics. At least acclaimed Financial Times journalist and author of The Age of the Strongman, Gideon Rachman, predicts this trend will not last longer than 30 years. But while we are in the middle of it, why not understand why populist politicians are today’s trendsetters? Rachman’s protagonists are these ‘’strongmen’’: heads of states who don’t want to be seen as dictators, mask themselves as democrats while slowly turning their countries into a “curious and unsettling hybrid, hovering between democracy and authoritarianism.”