Category Archives: populism

Saturday’s democratic vistas

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0The ideal of democracy gets weak support today. Republican presidents from T.R. to George W. Bush presented the United States as a champion of democracy. But a current conservative talking point holds that the US is meant to be … Continue reading

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responding to the deep story of Trump voters

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Washington, DC) This is Arlie Russell Hochschild’s now-famous “deep story” of Louisiana Tea Party supporters, their “account of life as it feels to them.” It’s become famous because it’s also the “deep story” of at least some … Continue reading

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separating populism from anti-intellectualism

Facebook68 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 68I’m a populist, yet I advocate the life of the mind. I’d like to see less elitism (of certain kinds) along with more intense and widespread intellectual inquiry. Unfortunately, the most prominent varieties of populism today are … Continue reading

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pluralist populism

Facebook103 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 103The leaders of China, India, Russia, Turkey, Venezuela, and Hungary–plus the President Elect of the USA and major political actors in Britain, France, and Austria (among other countries)–are called “populists.” A populist in this sense is one who views The … Continue reading

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we need SPUD (scale, pluralism, unity, depth)

Facebook40 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 40Whether you’re building a social movement, organization, network, or media platform, you should strive for SPUD: Scale: You need a lot of people. For instance, if your social movement is anti-Trump, it must include 55% of all … Continue reading

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social class does predict Trump support

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Some say that Trump has captured the support of working-class Whites who are economically stressed or anxious. Others reply that Trump voters are relatively upscale but motivated by racial resentment alone. The former premise suggests that Democrats must do more to … Continue reading

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it’s hard to talk about tough issues if no organization represents you

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’m back from a great meeting in Chicago in which one theme was the need to have honest, productive conversations between people who might support Donald Trump and members or supporters of movements like Black Lives Matter. … Continue reading

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two kinds of populism

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18Last May, at a campaign rally, Donald Trump said, “the only important thing is the unification of the people – because the other people don’t mean anything.” Jan-Werner Müller quotes that phrase both in his book What is … Continue reading

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white working class alienation from government

Facebook33 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 33In a recent long post, I argued that one reason white working class Americans are alienated from government is that they lack the productive political power that comes from organizations, such as political parties that rely on ordinary members, and … Continue reading

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why the white working class must organize

Facebook76 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 76It is inexcusable to vote for Donald Trump, a cruel and incompetent charlatan. To imply that anyone is justified in voting for him sets a patronizingly low standard. Our fellow Americans can do better than that. At the same time, … Continue reading

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