A surge of right-wing populism is sweeping the globe, reshaping political landscapes and unsettling democracies. * The rise of hard-right politics can be seen as a manifestation of leadership voids—spaces where frustration, fear, and uncertainty thrive.
The political pendulum is swinging, and it's moving decidedly to the right. From Europe to Latin America, hard-right movements, once confined to the fringes, are gaining mainstream momentum. As reported by Mike Allen in Axios, this phenomenon is far from isolated, signaling a sea change in global politics.
The article, which encapsulates trends from Europe to Latin America, points to a potent combination of factors. Allen mentions, "Immigration, inflation, and the rising cost of climate policy are creating potent new targets for populism." These issues serve as catalysts, fueling the fire of public discontent and distrust of establishment politics. In nations like Germany, France, and even newly democratic countries like Romania, far-right parties are not just emerging but flourishing.
Zooming out, the Axios article dovetails with a broader context. The far-right may lose battles, but it is far from losing the war. The Axios article puts it aptly, stating, "In all three, the more mainstream victors have seen their popularity wane." What we're witnessing is not a momentary blip but a sustained movement that's changing the dynamics of global politics.
To understand these trends from a Jewish perspective, we can look to the Talmud, which teaches, "In a place where there is no man, strive to be a man" (Pirkei Avot 2:5). This age-old wisdom emphasizes the importance of moral and ethical leadership, particularly in times of societal vacuum or confusion. The rise of hard-right politics can be seen as a manifestation of leadership voids—spaces where frustration, fear, and uncertainty thrive. The teaching serves as a reminder that leadership must be proactive in addressing these voids, or else risk allowing harmful ideologies to fill them. It also beckons the era of Moshiach, when leadership will be truly ethical and divinely inspired, ushering in a time of universal peace and justice.
Our global landscape is transforming, and not always for the better. But in the midst of these unsettling shifts, let's not lose sight of the endgame: a world inching ever closer to the era of Moshiach. The challenges we face could be the final hurdles before a time of unparalleled unity and peace. As we navigate these tumultuous waters, let's remember that every challenge presents an opportunity for growth and transformation—for individuals, communities, and the world at large.