US President Donald Trump tosses a “Make America Great Again” cap during a campaign rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, on November 2. Would-be autocrats in liberal democracies, like Trump, cannot disseminate nationalist propaganda nearly as efficiently or uniformly as Beijing. Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump tosses a “Make America Great Again” cap during a campaign rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, on November 2. Would-be autocrats in liberal democracies, like Trump, cannot disseminate nationalist propaganda nearly as efficiently or uniformly as Beijing. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump tosses a “Make America Great Again” cap during a campaign rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, on November 2. Would-be autocrats in liberal democracies, like Trump, cannot disseminate nationalist propaganda nearly as efficiently or uniformly as Beijing. Photo: Reuters
Matt Johnson
Opinion

Opinion

Matt Johnson

Why nationalism succeeds in China but has failed in the West

  • The past four years have reminded Western countries that the appeal of nationalism is universal – it can flourish more easily in authoritarian states like China, but is an immensely powerful force everywhere

US President Donald Trump tosses a “Make America Great Again” cap during a campaign rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, on November 2. Would-be autocrats in liberal democracies, like Trump, cannot disseminate nationalist propaganda nearly as efficiently or uniformly as Beijing. Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump tosses a “Make America Great Again” cap during a campaign rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, on November 2. Would-be autocrats in liberal democracies, like Trump, cannot disseminate nationalist propaganda nearly as efficiently or uniformly as Beijing. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump tosses a “Make America Great Again” cap during a campaign rally at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pennsylvania, on November 2. Would-be autocrats in liberal democracies, like Trump, cannot disseminate nationalist propaganda nearly as efficiently or uniformly as Beijing. Photo: Reuters
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