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What the press won’t tell you about Trump and populism

Populism should be all-American, now shouldn’t it?

Fabius Maximus website

Summary: Populism’s resurgence has, as always, terrified our ruling elites and their servants. Since most journalists don’t understand it, Campaign 2016 is a series of surprises to them. As usual with a grassroots-driven mass movement, it crude and nativist. Tapping America’s primal beliefs, it is racist (our original sin that has tainted almost everything from the Founding to the New Deal). But populism addresses ills in America that our leaders enjoy, so our political gurus work to keep you from understanding both populism and its latest expression via Donald Trump. This excerpt from Walter Russell Mead’s famous essay about Andrew Jackson’s populism is a first step to doing so. First, populism is different from conservatism.

Two populists: Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump

From the early stirrings of his campaign, the similarities between Trump and Andrew Jackson were obvious — as seen in these superficial articles by PBS and The New York Post, and this recent one

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Written by Jude Cowell

March 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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