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Danziger warns French not to reject Dutch example

Danziger: That French Paradox

A nation that has given the world some of its greatest art, literature, philosophy, culture, cuisine, and couture now seems poised to endorse fascist politics — but only, warns Danziger, if the French are too foolish to follow the saner example set by the Dutch.

March 20, 2017
Trump, Flip Flopping, Political Shape Shifting

Donald Trump And Andrew Jackson: Comparisons Go Beyond Populism

Commentators have cast Trump’s populist appeal as “Jacksonian.” However, these comparisons overlook experiences of marginalized people while defining history in terms of the ideologies of progress and American exceptionalism.

March 1, 2017
'Populist' Trump signs order to roll back banking reform

‘Populist’ Trump Punks His Credulous Fans (Again)

The ‘populist’ president delivered a multi-billion dollar gift to Wall Street by eviscerating the Dodd-Frank financial regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 crash. One of Trump’s two executive orders instructed the Department of Labor to delay and ultimately destroy the fiduciary rule that required financial firms to offer advice only in their clients’ best interest — rather than deceptive schemes for self-enrichment.

February 3, 2017
Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi benediction at the end of the Easter Mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in this March 27, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Max Rossi/Files

Pope Francis Warns Against Populist Leaders ‘Like Hitler’

In an interview that lasted more than an hour with Spanish newspaper El Pais and conducted just as Donald Trump was being sworn in as the 45th U.S. president on Friday, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church warned against the rise of populist leaders like Adolf Hitler.

January 25, 2017
Biden, Democrats, Middle Class

As Democrats Ponder Their Future, Biden Advocates For The Middle Class

As the Democratic Party struggles to understand what went wrong in an election, that same instinct leads Biden to offer a diagnosis and a prescription for what he sees as a more successful approach, one which pushes back, if ever-so-gently, against a powerful current in Democratic politics.

December 23, 2016
Emperor Trump, Conspiracy theorist in chief

Emperor Trump Reveals His Populist Charade

As America’s working stiffs know, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. And now we know what Augustus Trumpus will be serving. Trump’s no populist, he’s a full-time corporatist.

December 8, 2016
Sanders

Sanders’ Social Democracy Versus Trump’s Authoritarian Doctrine

The stage is set for an epic struggle between Trump’s right wing populism and a Sanders-style social democracy. Which one will resonate with the people?

December 2, 2016
Bannon Breitbart

Stop Normalizing Hate: Reactionary White Nationalism Doesn’t Equal ‘Populism’

The term “populist” badly downplays the fact Bannon helped run a race-baiting cesspool, while underplaying Bannon’s own alleged history of anti-Semitism.

December 1, 2016

Donnie Is A Trumpist, Not A Populist

There’s not a single populist muscle in Donnie’s whole plutocratic body. He will sell out wage earners, small business people, and anyone else to serve his own needs or whims, as his lifelong record (as opposed to his recent rhetoric) reveals.

September 21, 2016
clinton won first debate

Hillary Clinton, Everywoman

Women across America are full of stories about female family members who powered through illness to take care of their families and keep their jobs. So often, their stories are autobiographical, because this is one tradition that dies hard.

September 16, 2016
Donald Trump Speaks at Rally in Ohio

Dear Media Elites, Here’s How You Have Trump Completely Wrong

Populism — a luminous term denoting both an uplifting doctrine of egalitarianism and a political-economic-cultural movement with deep roots in America’s progressive history — has been routinely sullied throughout 2016 by elites misusing it as synonym for ignorance and bigotry.

September 11, 2016
Delegates wave banners to greet former U.S, President Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking.

The Populist Insurgency Is Ratcheting Up

What an amazing Democratic primary season it was! And we now have this happy result: WE WON! “We” being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressives, and other “outsiders” who felt The Bern and forged a new, game-changing, populist force of, by, and for grassroots Americans.

August 3, 2016
Supporters cheer as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses supporters following the closing of the polls in the California presidential primary in Santa Monica, California

What’s Next For The Bernie Sanders Revolution?

Most Bernie Sanders backers were enthusiastic precisely because his campaign’s purpose was far bigger than the usual personality politics. Supporters were signing up for a revolution against corporate rule. Achieving this is much harder than one presidential run.

July 21, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The Huckster Populist

Now, with Bernie Sanders essentially out of the race, Donald Trump wants Americans to believe he’s the remaining anti-establishment candidate. It’s smart politics, but it’s a hoax: Trump is even more of an establishment figure than Hillary Clinton.

July 6, 2016
The Union Jack and the European Union flag are seen flying in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar

Why Was The Brexit Vote So Shocking to Global Elites?

The most shocking thing about “Brexit” — the British people’s resounding vote to pull their country out of the European Union — is that it came as such a shock to the British establishment. After all, say the flummoxed elites, everyone who is anyone in Great Britain was opposed to exiting.

July 1, 2016
Andrew Jackson portrait by Thomas Sully, 1824, via Senate.gov.

Trump a Long-Lost, Not-So-Great Nephew to Jackson

Don’t do it, America. The Donald is like a long-lost, not-so-great nephew of the General — yes, the military man was always “the General,” even when he occupied the White House. To the restless young nation, Jackson was a bracing breeze after the cerebral, cloistered Harvard-educated John Quincy Adams.

May 13, 2016

Choosing A President In Uncharted Waters

The Republican Party lost its compass in another century when Newt Gingrich ruled the House. Now Donald Trump just crashed the party, breaking glass in a brazen takeover. He exposed how utterly empty the establishment is on the inside.

May 6, 2016

Progressive Frenemies

It seems that there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party’s soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that’s what the media talk about incessantly.

May 21, 2015

Bringing It: Hillary’s Populist Message To A Diverse America

Hillary’s campaign will be an exercise in persuading Americans, so often discouraged and disillusioned, that she really wants to bring about change — and knows how.

April 12, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Real Ted Cruz: Country Music, Harvard Law, And Tea Party ‘Populism’

While Cruz highlights his Tea Party persona to appeal to Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of ultra-right “populism.”

March 27, 2015

America’s Natural Politics

My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only he didn’t know it. Didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s democratic ethos. My father was not philosophical, but he had a phrase that he used to express the gist of his political beliefs: “Everybody does better when everybody does better.” Before […]

September 17, 2014

Pro-Business Populism?

WASHINGTON — Here’s the thing to watch in this year’s campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time. The Tea Party’s success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism’s increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies. […]

July 17, 2014

Rick Perry is a Master of Right-Wing Populism; But Can He Go National?

Whether Rick Perry will jump in the Republican presidential primaries is still not certain, but it looks increasingly likely, and if he does, the colorful three-term Texas governor will have to play up his experience and assure voters that he’s more than a charismatic rabble-rouser with a knack for stating extreme positions. “I think he’s […]

July 7, 2011