The Cato Institute held a two-part panel today, “Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era”, link here gives the names of the speakers.
There was a presentation of a report “Stranger in my own Country: Populism and Nativism in America”. The report had surveyed people near Pittsburgh and in Wilmington NC. There is a general impression that Trump voters did feel left out in today’s world, and were inhibited from speaking their minds about old-fashioned values, which they see as local and related to faith and not as intrinsically hateful or discriminatory. The subject of political correctness, identity politics, and campus speech codes came up.
There was criticism of the extreme vetting and immigration suspensions being discussed now, as not likely to improve real security.
Some survey respondents felt that Muslim immigrants did work hard but did not seem as interested in assimilating culturally as maybe was the case the past.
There was also mention of the danger of neglecting any working population too long; history has shown that this can invite fascism and dictatorship.
In the reception afterward, I heard an account that refugee assimilation in Germany had generally gone well with few problems for hosts or volunteers, which contradicts other reports I had heard in September.
(Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:15 PM EST)