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Populism, Trump, and the Future of Democracy

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Didn’t take long to get to the part where we laugh off the idea that material conditions might inform politics.

posted by Reyturner at 7:45 AM on August 13 [12 favorites]

Nope, more nonsense. I really love the part about (paraphrasing, 22 mins in)”workers who believe their country cares more for cheap goods [this is implied to be the liberal position on immigration and free trade] than for the job prospects of its own people”… are going to support populist candidates like Trump, who believe we owe more to citizens then to prospective immigrants. Oh the Trump populist party that made those very workers sign wavers so they could force them to work amidst a virus without any legal remuneration? Yep. Nice job populists! You really showed you care for the common man! You really stuck it to the liberals.

posted by The_Vegetables at 7:48 AM on August 13 [2 favorites]

I’d say the current police brutality protests are also very much about the failure of liberal politics to engage with populist protest about legitimate grievances.

posted by fleacircus at 8:10 AM on August 13 [7 favorites]

In other words, an actual populist revolt IMO would not at all align with either Democratic or Republican views. But that is not discussed.

posted by The_Vegetables at 8:19 AM on August 13 [5 favorites]

Final point: Beto O’roarke did all his 4 points in 2018 and still lost. Texan but not racist, connected with the common man by visiting all 200 counties, etc.

posted by The_Vegetables at 5:37 AM on August 16

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