Polarization in politics

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Submitted: April 19, 2019

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Submitted: April 19, 2019



I can only speak from the European and American views in this issue, but that's mostly to my lack of interest in the politics of other places. The politics in both America and Europe are polarizing. The people tend to be either far in the right or the left. There's nothing wrong with that, but that makes political compromises harder.

When talking about politics, the left-right separation is common. Usually there is also another line, the liberal-conservative. Usually, left is more liberal than the right, but each individual and each party has their own views. A person can be a conservative left-wing politician, but usually, that's not the case.

The polarization has been quite obvious in the last years. One that can't be missed is the US situation, where it seems some of the people support the right, which is usually the Republicans, and some the left, which are Democrats. Of course people in those two parties are all individuals, and some are more near the center than others. We have however witnessed the riso of populism in the US af Trump was elected. It has literally divided the people in two, as it seems you either love him or hate him.

The same rise of populism has been seen in Europe as well. I believe the refugee crisis in 2015 and 2016 had a large impact, and people see the right-wing as a more appealing option. That's not the case in all countries, however. Each country is different, but the overall political view seems to have taken a jump to the right.

Funnily, I though the same about Finland right before the elections. When asked though, all major parties, eight or nine in total, seemed to have moved to the left. Overall, it seems that people everywhere are more liberal, which is shown in the acceptance towards LGBTQ commuity, for example. No, everyone does not approve of them yet, but most do. 

This polarization has lead to competition between the left and right, and it's as tight as ever. Again, I'm going to take an example of the Finnish elections just under a week ago, when the SDP (a left party) just barely won the True Finns (a right party) bu 0.2%. It was obvious the elections were going to be tight, but no one thought the right would get so many votes, as immigration wasn't a big theme in the elections.

Now, it is only just a month until the EU elections, and I personally am looking forward to it. No, I have no idea who I'm going to vote. It's most likely going to being a tight struggle between the two major themes: climate and immigration. It's going to be interesting. 

Overall, there is nothing wrong withcertain political views taking up more area. It's normal and it happens all the time. It is interesting to see how people tend to select either of the wings, or if they belong in the center. It's been obvious in the US and Europe the past years, so it's going to be a tough fight on an international EU level as well.


 BTW, oh my god, I'm sorry if this is full of typos, I'm drunk and bored out of my mind.

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