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Jakarta Post

INSIGHT: The US presidential election and Indonesia

  • Jusuf Wanandi

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 21 2016   /  07:24 am

US citizens have the right to choose their president, but since the US has a global presence, others, like myself, feel we should voice our opinions as the US presidential election is about to take place at an important historical juncture with one extraordinary candidate: Donald Trump.

Globalization has brought about changes that were not always positive. The gap between social classes is widening. The middle class feels left out of globalization, and the poor have become poorer. Unemployment has gone up in many countries, especially in the EU, and those left behind by globalization did not get what should have been promised to them.

It is understandable that the underprivileged are upset. We have seen what has happened worldwide: Brexit in the UK, right-wing revival in Germany and France, and now the Trump phenomenon in the US.

Another by-product is narrow national...