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Politics no longer defined by left and right

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Ours is an uneasy age. Social mores are changing so fast that people in their early 30s have started muttering about "kids these days". Formerly safe corners of the economy are being swept bare, so that even people with good, steady jobs are anxious about how long they'll keep them. In nation after nation, politics are in turmoil.

The political upheaval is generally chalked up to those other changes. But they may all be symptoms of one mega-change: the dramatic alteration in communication technology. The internet revolution has turbocharged formerly leisurely processes of economic and social change, while allowing insurgent political movements to bypass the gatekeepers of the old system.

There's no telling how long it will take for the system to work itself back to some sort of equilibrium, or what the new normal will look like. But the broad outlines of an interim politics are starting to emerge.

Start with where things stand now: Throughout the developed world, left-wing parties are struggling as their old working-class voters defect, not to other left-wing parties, but to right-wing upstarts that are less economically conservative than........

© New Zealand Herald