The Populist Explosion

The Populist Explosion

How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics

eBook - 2016
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"Far and away the most incisive examination of the central development in contemporary politics: the rise of populism on both the right and the left. Superb." - Thomas Edsall, New York Times columnistWhat's happening in global politics? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union ; the vituperative billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win elections in Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece.John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to learn about the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s, the politics of which have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. Populism, on both the right and the left, champions the people against an establishment, based on issues-globalization, free trade, immigration-on which there has been a strong elite consensus, but also a strong mass discontent that is now breaking out into the open.The Populist Explosion is essential reading for our times as we grapple to understand the political forces at work here and in Europe.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [publisher not identified],, 2016.
ISBN: 9780997126457
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Dec 28, 2016

A relatively short and very helpful summary of what populism is and is not, both historically and in the present, in Europe as well as the USA.

Corrects a lot of overly facile misconceptions.

A very valuable tool for understanding the present moment.

Oct 11, 2016

[Update: the list of so-called Russian-propaganda sites recently published in the Bezos Post, formerly known as the Washington Post, originated in Dubai at the Legatum Group, a finance outfit which founded the Legatum Institute in London, whose principal donors are the Koch brothers and the Mellon family [Sarah Scaife Foundation].]
I look forward to reading this as I heard the author in an interview and he sounded like the Real Deal [one hopes].
Personally, a thought struck me while listening to him: the Web hit critical mass sometime around 2003 -- 2004, meaning there was now plenty of factual stuff and intelligent opinions and links to be read, and since the Great Receission, we've reached critical mass with the people reading that factual stuff on the Web.
[Really, are there any fools around who accept anything they hear on TV or the newspapers? I mean, Anderson Cooper [CNN] and David Ignatius [WaPo] interned at the CIA during their college years, but just how many other so-called newsies also interned at one intel agency or the other? I never learned anything factual from Dan Rather or that other doofus, Tom Brokaw, and Charlie Rose was with David Rockefeller's Trilateral Commission for around 30 years!]


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