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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Here is a really handy definition of what populism is.  It isn't "popular."

What is important is that populism's focus on the "people" over "elites" makes representative government dysfunctional, unless you channel the "popular will" through a charismatic leader who can claim to represent the people.  This is why most demagogues are populists.

It's also why a guy like Trump is going to fail.  He can't "run the government" because he's fundamentally at odds with the idea of representative government.  And then his policies are increasingly at odds with what "the people" want.

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