Trend Forecast

As 2016 dawns, the factors are clear: The rise of the Black Lives Matter protest movement, spontaneous campus protests over race issues, the sharp increase in far-right movements in Europe in the wake of the refugee crisis, the growing likelihood that more and more voters worldwide vote against a candidate rather for other candidates, and many other indicators suggest a chaotic landscape of issue-targeted uprisings and protests that will be fleeting but robust. What’s missing is any issue that unifies a large body of angry citizens to rise in unison. Instead, these uprisings only trigger backlash movements, such as combating Black Lives Matter with Blue Lives Matter.

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