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Why is the Western public ditching the mainstream?

French far-right National Front Party leader Marine Le Pen talks (file photo via AP)

People in France, the US and Britain are turning their backs on the mainstream, fed up with the domination of elites over politics, finance and the media.

The past few weeks and months have seen yet more confirmation that people in the West are turning their backs on the mainstream.

In France, former President Nicolas Sarkozy failed to get his own party's backing for the next year's presidential election. Now the right-wing National Front leader Marine Le Pen is favorite to become president.

In the US, the anti-establishment candidate carried the day despite the financial, media and political establishment backing Hillary Clinton.

So why is this anti-establishment sentiment sweeping Western societies? Why does the public not trust the mainstream media and political class anymore? And what forces will this anti-establishment sentiment unleash? According to our callers and George Galloway, the public have lost faith in mainstream politicians and media because they have been lied to, time and time again.

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