Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, spoke at the Hague last September, and he shared a dark view of a wave of far right populism that he feels presents a danger to human rights.
During the speech, he vowed to stand against any violations of human rights that might come from the nationalistic sentiments espoused by several high profile candidates, including United States President Elect Donald Trump.
The High Commissioner painted a picture of oversimplified, bite-sized facts created into highly efficient social media propaganda campaigns.
On either side of the political spectrum, the speech offers food for thought as world politics fully enters the social media age.
In a world where everyone has a voice, and news is delivered based on viewer’s ideological preferences, are democracies more prone to ideological swings and populism?