Laurie Penny is not only someone with whom I agree on many, if not most, issues. She is also a terrific writer. Her piece today for the New Statesman is one that’s well worth reading even if you don’t follow UK politics and don’t know who Nigel Farage is. There’s a lot about that UK Independence Party that should seem familiar to American readers and it’s interesting to see how “Populist Conservatism” manifests in other environments.
The anti-elite, anti-intellectual, xenophobes exist on both sides of the Atlantic, but their parties are like fun house mirror versions of each other. Only, in this case, both images are warped and disturbing.