In this article Derek Thompson explores the complex relationship bettween globalization in its many facets, and the break down of many traditonal western norms and institutions. This article pulls from any of the same themes and theories that we have studied in this block. Thompson relates the rise of populsim which is destroying many western institutions and norms to the increased percieved threat which people feel is coming from immagrants and international competition in the labor market. He claims that the impact of these percieved threats is aggrevated by the way in which social media has allowed fringe politicians to become more successfull due to their new ability to broadcast thei message outside of the reach of the party.
Thompson's articles also concerns itself with the issue of inequality in globalization but he takes it from a radically diffrtent perspective than in the course. He claims that because middle income households in the developing world are seeing stagnant wage growth and the developing world is seeing massive wagew growth that these middle income westerners feel disadvantaged. The notion of a "bottom one billion" as disscussed by Peter Collier would contradict this notion of the developing world surging forward as one. While it is true that globalization has massivly boosted the economic growth of China and India this is not rue for all of these lower income nations. IN relaity there is a substantial group of people whoi are still very much left behind.