Hope For The Ideological Left
In the wake of the statistically absurd US general election, all eyes seem to be focus on political introspection, and retrospection, on the part of the politically minded proletariat, that is. The establishmentarian political "powers that be" seem to have blinders on with regard to the political climate among that part of the body politic which will soon be the voters, and the administrations, of the near future. While we pine the loss of reason in the US, and lament the tragic victory of neo-liberalism in the first of France's elections, the thinking mind automatically questions whether this is a trend, or an inexplicable 'blimp' on the pulsating political screen.
Thusfar, the French elections have mirrored those of the US in that the centrist neoliberal won the first election in France (as Hillary did here in the states), leading to a "runoff" election between said neoliberal and a far-right nationalist advocating isolationist protectionism. Likewise, the left-leaning "firebrand radical" (as he was deemed by The Guardian) Jean Luc Melenchon sunk after gaining momentum and support in the polls, particularly among young, 18-24 year-olds is depressingly reminiscent of Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign. The polls, and the media is (as was here in the US) predicting an obvious win for Macron.
One election cycle that is notably different than both of those previously mentioned is the UK election cycle, where there isn't an assumed neoliberal bent looming over the vote. The socialist option there is Jeremy Corbyn, who, by the way, isn't exactly a radical, but is nonetheless socialist, and an almost viable option for victory, should he have been doing better in polls leading up to the vote. The polls currently suggest a major victory for conservatives in this election placing Theresa May at 45% of the vote, and Corbyn trailing at 26%. Nonetheless Corbyn is more popular among younger voters; A trend, and the only trend, this election shares with both France and the US. Regardless of the possibility of a gigantic nationalist comeback on the global scene, statistics inform us that a trend is present among the voters who will become the future of these nations. Younger voters tend left, and while fascism/nationalism temporarily rears its head, the pendulum will be motivated by this momentum with equal and opposite force in the very near future!