“Make the country great again”

  • In rising Asian powers, such as China and India, the global power shift has inspired ambitions to revive the national and cultural greatness that was eclipsed during the age of Western imperialism. Asian nationalism is driven by rising expectations; the West’s nationalism is driven by disappointed hopes. But the political outcome is surprisingly similar: a call to make the country “great again.”The Age of the Strongman: How the Cult of the Leader Threatens Democracy Around the World, p. 23
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