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The Populist Revolution: Bernie and Beyond

With disenfranchised millennials at his back, Bernie Sanders’ proposal of a real financial revolution, a fundamental change in the system itself, is a great start to the necessary overhaul of society.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Right-Wing Populism the New Normal?

While it might be tempting to view the political success of Donald Trump as something uniquely American, Guardian journalist Gary Younge explains that “most Western nations have their own Trump: a racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic demagogue appealing to a mix of nationalist nostalgia, patriotic myth, class grievance and economic insecurity.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



The Potency of Trump’s Pitchfork Populism

The blustery billionaire’s “us” is nowhere near a majority of the U.S. electorate, but it might be enough to win him the Republican nomination for president. And even if he falls short, the forces he has loosed will not easily be tamped down.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



Private GOP Memo Suggests That a Trump Victory Would Only Mark the Beginning

“Understand the populist points Trump makes and ride that wave,” the leaked message from the campaign arm for Senate Republicans declares.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and John Ralston Saul Discuss Neoliberalism, False Populism and Donald Trump

“I think that the word ‘ideology’ has to be used very carefully. But when people come forward with rather simplistic truths—you already know you’re in trouble when they say they’ve got the truth—and they say: ‘This is what must happen. This is how things work. This is what dominates society.’ That’s an ideology.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



How the Left Can Win in the U.K. and Elsewhere

One of the lessons of Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the head of the British Labour Party is that the “entrenched, institutional power of the Right” can be undone only by combining the passions of disparate social groups in a broad populist movement.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Is Greece’s ‘No’ on the Debt Referendum Another Youth Revolution?

In the past five years, the old political categories—left, right, center or capitalist and socialist—have been challenged by a new category: youth.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Country Music, Tea Party ‘Populism’ and Ted Cruz

While Cruz cleverly seeks to highlight the tea party persona that appeals to many Republican primary voters, he exposes the fraudulence of his ultra-right brand of “populism.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE



Greece’s Solidarity Movement: ‘A Whole New Model—and It’s Working’

There are accounts of Greeks pulling together to support themselves and each other ahead of an election that polls predict will result in a leadership firmly opposed to austerity policies imposed by the European Union.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE



‘My Party Has Lost Its Soul’

In a Salon review Sunday of Ralph Nader’s spring 2014 book “Unstoppable,” Bill Curry, former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton, takes Democrats led by Clinton and Barack Obama to task for making their party an indentured servant of Wall Street and gifting economic populism to the right.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)

More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



Time for a Populist Revival!

This old American democratic tradition already has deep support at the grass roots.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Alan Grayson (Video)

If the Democratic Party has an honorable future in America, it lies with firebrands of populism like Alan Grayson.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



Is Paris’ Pollution Getting Worse Than Beijing’s?

Air pollution has reached extreme levels in the French capital, prompting the government to take desperate measures; an American pastor is partly to blame for the passing of Uganda’s anti-gay law; meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street organizers have launched a political party. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Liberal Love of ‘Inequality’

Like “neoliberalism,” former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon, the tone of the term “inequality” is “needlessly clinical, giving the whole debate a technical and bloodless air.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



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How Elizabeth Warren Is Scaring the Crap Out of Think Tanks and Banks

The Massachusetts senator caused a stir this week after the Third Way think tank wrote an op-ed Monday warning Democrats not to follow Warren “over the populist cliff.” But what’s truly behind this resentment toward Warren? Fear, of course.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Kshama Sawant

By winning a seat on Seattle’s City Council this month, the socialist has given her fellow citizens one of the best opportunities in living memory to determine their individual and collective futures. Will city residents make good on it?

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?

Only one proposal promises relief for millions of students whose loan interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent this July—Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE


‘Venezuelan Leader Uplifted Poor From Caracas to the Bronx’

As millions gather to mourn Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the spate of criticism still pouring from the mouthpieces of the U.S. corporate media confirms elite hostility toward poor people and their defenders around the world.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama’s Late Payment to Mortgage-Fraud Victims

In his State of the Union address, many heard echoes of the Barack Obama of old, the presidential aspirant of 2007 and 2008.

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 READ MORE



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So Much for a Populist GOP

In the end, the corporate and economically conservative wing of the Republican Party always seems to win.

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charles Krupa

There’s Hope for Republicans Yet

GOP candidates are embracing populism, but as the presidential election is now shaping up, voters will not be given a choice to rebuke Wall Street by either major party.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE


The Populism of the Privileged

Both parties stand to lose if they accept the laughable notion that the media-created protest movement known as the tea party is the voice of true populism.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Dear Barack, Spare Me Your E-Mails

Obama’s faux populism is beginning to grate, and when yet another one of those “we the people” e-mails from the president landed on my screen as I was fishing around for a column subject, I came unglued.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Dutch Rightists Score in Elections

Exit polls show the notoriously anti-immigrant Dutch politician Geert Wilders gaining 15 percent of the vote and second place in elections for the European Parliament in the Netherlands—even as he faces prosecution on charges of inciting hatred in his speeches.

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 READ MORE


News Flash: Populism Is Popular

Both parties are suddenly listening to “the people” instead of the Establishment. They know the political class, however offended, can no longer stop a voter backlash.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Populism Arising—but Will It Be the Killer Kind?

The old assumptions and paradigms about capitalism and free markets are dead. A new, virulent populism, still inchoate, is slowly and painfully rising to take their place. This populism will determine the future of the country. It is as likely to be right-wing as left-wing.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE


Wellstone Would Be Smiling

If you want to talk about candidates borrowing from each other, consider how much Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are taking on loan from the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, the affable populist killed in a plane crash shortly before the 2002 election.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


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