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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have almost nothing in common except for two things. First, their place of origin: New York. Second, and more importantly: they are both populists.

Populism is an ideology so confusing that it has managed to find itself on both sides of the left-right political spectrum. Populism is, in basic terms, the belief that regular people have the right to run their government and its actions. Populist politicians often define themselves as speaking up for the ‘average person’ and the ‘working man.’ These often-times charismatic politicians find a large part of their support in poorer, disenfranchised groups like working class people and university students.

Trump promises to “Make America Great Again” and bring jobs back to the US. Trump directly appeals to working-class people, many of whom have lost their jobs to labourers with piercingly low wages and little to no working rights in eastern and southern Asia. The most important rights the workers in Asia miss are freedom to unionize, maternity and paternity leave, and vacations. They spend their entire time working, almost like robots (and they are centrally treated like robots, too). American workers have these rights, among others, and this is more costly for employers.

This mass-retrieval of jobs is meant to make working class people, all people feel powerful, thus achieving the main goal of populism: “power to the people.” Sanders, like Trump, holds strong anti-globalism, anti-establishment views. He feels that the American people have had their livelihoods “stolen by the top one percent on Wall Street.” He also blames the financial crisis of 2008-09 on the Wall Street Bankers, stating that “This recession was caused by the greed, the recklessness, and the illegal behaviour of the people on Wall Street.” His advocacy of free college tuition and universal healthcare are, again, meant to give more power, freedom, and equality to the people.

Both of their movements, Trump’s in particular, match that of the populist happenings of Europe. With Nigel Farage and Brexit in Britain, the idea remains the same. In this case, returning the power of the European Union (EU) over the average Brit back to the British Government. In France, with right wing populist Marine Le Pen expected to get second (if not win) the French presidential election in early 2017. In 2016, Italy’s populist Five Star Movement’s candidate, Virginia Raggi, becoming Rome’s first female mayor. Similar movements in Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, and Norway taking control of their governments. Apart from those nations previously mentioned, populist, in particular right-wing populist, movements are finding success in many other countries in Europe.

Populism will likely spread like wildfire across the world, similar to the rise of fascism and communism in the 1910s-30s. Clearly, ordinary people are insulted by and dissatisfied with their current governments. It is evident that the common man, not a select few, will decide and govern the future of this world.

This generation and the following will see a political reboot. Mainstream politicians have and are losing support among their former supporters. As the controlling generation quickly slips into the next, older politicians will lose support and power completely. The political landscape shall be shaken up, or more to the point, turned on its head. This, in the most basic sense is, a requiem for the status quo.

The future of politics will be syncretic and populist. In syncretism, a set of political values and beliefs of an individual are taken from all over the political spectrum, not from a certain set. When put together, syncretism and populism will mean that the politician or individual who subscribes to those ideologies will have an assortment of beliefs and convictions that are meant to be for the betterment of the majority of the population.

By no means in this article do I take up a stance for the left nor the right, populism nor syncretism. A change in politics—progress from the type of government and politics that has ensued for the past century—is necessary. In the words of Socrates, “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”