The ‘Boomerang Effect’ and its role in Modern American Politics

Jacob Moreno

Jacob Moreno


Jun 17, 2017 · 2 min read

Anyone who has ever studied political history understands the concept of the 'Boomerang Effect’ to a certain degree… With every rise of a political or social movement comes the rise of an opposing counter movement a few short years later.

Currently we are witnessing the peak and slow ebbing of Populist Nationalism, and in a few years the political and social attitudes of the country will begin to shift: slowly at first and then drastically in embrace of a new political movement. The real problem is not preventing this from happening (which cannot be done) but rather predicting where exactly the political needle will land. That said, it is important to remember that radicalism breeds radicalism.. So in the end the counter to Radical Populist Nationalism could very well end up being something such as Radical Leftist Globalism. Which would be very bad indeed, not only for the US but also for the rest of the world.

While historically most shifts in the US have usually been gradual and not very disruptive to the social order, this happens to be less and less the case in our modern times. We are now seeing these shifts both occurring closer together and at a more rapid rate, the best example of this being the rise of Liberal Progressivism in 2008 with the climax of Populist Nationalism a few years later in 2016. Now if this trend continues at the shift rate of 8 year intervals, this would mean that by 2024 there will be a completely different political order in this country than the one we are now currently experiencing… Which is a frightening prospect indeed.