Harper begins with the core issue of the question:
He continues that the world is essentially split into two classes of people, "Anywheres" and "Somewheres." The "Anywheres" are the elites who can live and work anywhere in the world without a major impact on their lives. These people include consultants, bankers, computer engineers, and members of the mainstream media.
"Over the last few decades, thanks to globalization, a billion people—mostly in the emerging markets of Asia—have lifted themselves out of poverty. This, of course, is a good thing. Yet, in many Western countries, the incomes of working people have stagnated or even declined over the same period. In short, many Americans voted for Donald Trump because the global economy has not been working for them. We can pretend that this is a false perception. We can keep trying to convince people that they misunderstand their own lives. Or we can try to understand what they are saying and offer some solutions."
However, the "Somewheres" have more specific jobs, and job locations, that are greatly affected by things like trade, outsourcing, and globalization as a whole. "Somewheres" tend to work in retail sales, factories, or own small businesses, and they are more closely connected to their communities.
Stephen Harper explains that many of the concerns of the "Somewheres" are often dismissed by the "Anywheres." They care far more about global issues and global solutions than local or even national concerns.
The "Anywhere" elites have been able to dominate policy and society over the "Somewhere" populists. This was evident when the media pretends everyday Americans are somehow "deplorable" for not agreeing with them. He points out that their critiques of American "populists" is flat out wrong. "The populists represent, by definition, the interests of ordinary people. And, in a democratic system, the people are supposed to be our customers."
"The Anywheres’ faith in global solutions and multi-national political bodies is founded more on fantasy than fact. The fact is, the critical functions of laws and regulations and monetary and fiscal stability, among other things, are provided by nations, not global institutions. The nation, with all its flaws, is a concrete reality. The “global community” is little more than a concept. Yet it is the Anywheres, with their faith in globalization—not the Somewheres—who have dominated the politics of almost every advanced country."
Harper explains why President Trump was so successful in 2016, and how we should continue to serve the people in the future.
"I propose an approach I call “populist conservatism.” Grounding ourselves in tried and true conservative values, we must speak to the issues that concern the Somewheres and their families—those of ordinary people, not elites. Those issues include market economics, trade, globalization, and immigration... conservatives should remain pro-free market, pro-trade, pro-globalization and pro-immigration. Going in a completely opposite direction in any of these areas is a mistake...
But being pro-market does not mean that all regulations should be dismantled... Being pro-trade does not imply that every trade agreement is a good one. Being pro-globalization should not entail abdicating loyalty or responsibility to our country and our local communities. And being pro-immigration should never mean sanctioning illegal immigration...
I call this “populist conservatism,” but it’s really just conservatism. Conservatism is about seeing the world as it is. It’s also inherently populist because it is about serving real people rather than theories."