Cultural Backlash vs Economic Anxiety in the 2016 election.

Trump Rally

The 2016 election of Donald Trump caught the media landscape and political analysts by surprise. Election models from the Huffington Post (Jackson and Hooper 2016) and New York Times (Katz 2016) gave Clinton a 98% and 85% chance of winning the election, respectively. Plagued by scandals, offensive comments about immigrants, Muslims, and women alike, and a general underperformance in pre-election polls, it is not surprising that Trump was thought to be an unlikely victor. So, when he won in defiance of the odds and media certainty, many pundits, analysts, journalists, and academics debated this unforeseen outcome. Two explanations that garnered…


Author’s Note: This article is based on a Sociology paper I recently wrote.

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The rise of Hitler was not inevitable. A series of political, social, and economic failures culminated in the victory of one of the most treacherous regimes of the 20th Century. The Social Democrats (SPD) and Communists (KPD), the two leftmost parties in the Weimar Republic, could have led an effective resistance against the fascist menace had they worked together alongside the German working class. Unfortunately, their antagonism lasted till the bitter end, and through their political miscalculations, they failed to prevent the Nazi menace.

Great Coalition

Ahmed Kamran

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