Populism is a doctrine that appeals to the interests and conceptions (such as hopes and fears) of the general population, especially when contrasting any new collective consciousness push against the prevailing status quo interests of any predominant political sector. Populism is commonly defined as: “the political doctrine that supports the rights and powers of the common people in their struggle with the privileged elite.” Wikipedia
Candidates vying for the 2016 GOP nomination have grown distinctly more leery of big banks, corporations and international trade deals, and outright hostile toward the Federal Reserve. They don’t like mainsteam media, they fear a ‘War on Christmas”, and an invasion of Mexicans from the southern border. They feel a particular dislike of anything that “looks” like it could be related to the GOP establishment, hence the steady decline of support for Jeb! Bush. The general feeling is that the “establishment” (whoever they are) does not “speak for the regular guy”.
Bernie Sanders on the left and Trump/Carson on the right, these people are considered “men of the people”. Populism undoubtedly has a niche space in politics, whether it is regional or national. It is capable of carrying politicians on its steely wings to positions of power. – See more at: http://www.merinews.com/article/patriotism-versus-populism/15911082.shtml#sthash.GmSVMaJz.dpuf
Justin Trudeau’s sweeping victory in Canada could be read as one more indication that voters in the Western world are moving left — and toward populism.
The last year has seen the rise of Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of Britain’s Labour Party. In the United States, Bernie Sanders, a self-professed “democratic socialist,” has shaken up the Democratic primaries.
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