Demagogues and pedagogues

Those of us who are skeptics of peace deals with terrorists would say: “Told you so.” Duque is committed to keeping but amending the accords. But he complains about the way in which the word “peace” was manipulated by his predecessor into a partisan wedge issue by treating opponents of the agreement as “enemies of peace.”

In the age of Trump, it’s easy to forget that elitism and demagoguery can also mix with noxious results. Anyone tagged a “warmonger” simply because they thought the Iran deal was badly negotiated knows the feeling.

We are now at a moment when populist demagogues of right or left have won or made major gains in nearly every important recent election: in Pakistan and Mexico; Italy and Sweden; the U.K. and the U.S. It might yet happen again this month in Brazil.

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