RISE OF THE “FAR RIGHT?” NO. “The establishment is having yet another freakout about the plebeians getting too uppity.”
The latest example is the election of Giorgia Meloni in Italy, but before that there was the conservative victory in Sweden (Sweden!!). Eastern Europe has leadership that is far too traditional for their liking, and of course in the United States the Republican Party has jettisoned the Romney- and McCain-type candidates who gracefully lose, and instead embraced more aggressive and winning candidates such as Ron DeSantis.
The elite saw Donald Trump as an existential threat and went nuclear on him, barely defeating him by hook and by crook in 2020. They expended nearly all their ammunition on him, and despite this fact recent polling shows that a wounded Trump would still beat Joe Biden in a head-to-head matchup today. The power of the elite is slipping, but it has little to do with the electorate getting a taste for Mussolini-type politicians.