Some thoughts on populism

Ever since the election, I’ve been seeing references to the rise of Lügenkarotte as a prime example of populism in action, like this from the New York Times the day after the beginning of the end of the world:

It will take weeks or months to fully parse Donald J. Trump’s upset presidential victory, but his campaign was driven, at least in part, by the dramatic rise of a new kind of white populism.

It has fueled turmoil in the United States and Europe, including not just Mr. Trump’s election to the presidency, but Britain’s vote in June to leave the European Union and the rise of anti-immigrant, populist political parties across much of Continental Europe.

I have spent the past year investigating the rise of that new kind of populism — a majoritarian backlash — including speaking to dozens of social scientists and gathering original data. And while their research varies, their conclusions all converged on three key factors that explain what is taking place: fear of social change; fear of terrorist attacks and other physical threats; and the crisis of identity that many whites are experiencing as they struggle to maintain their position.

And every time I see populism used in this manner, I think, why don’t you just say bigotry or racism, or national socialism, or fascism?

Because populism means the complete opposite of what we’re seeing today.

At its root, populism is a belief in the power of regular people, and in their right to have control over their government rather than a small group of political insiders or a wealthy elite. The word populism comes from the Latin word for “people,” populus. Definitions of populism.

Since the demagogic crimson pedophile was selected by less than a majority of Americans, proving the whole concept of “one man, one vote” is just a lie, we’ve seen him open the den of plutocrats he calls a cabinet to billionaires who want to destroy the departments they have been chosen to run. Sure seems like a small group of political insiders and wealthy elite are in control of the lives of the morons who elected them.

That’s not populism. Get the usage right, for Christ’s sake.

It’s gotten so bad that even the poster boy for the wealth elite is concerned about the rise of “populists” in Europe:

The pump truppets, of course, are too stupid to realize what they’ve done, so they’ll crawl back into their Fox News/Breitbart mind palaces and drool over themselves for the next four years, waiting for someone else to rile them up over immigrants, Muslims, blacks and Jews and the War on Christmas. They’ll be sicker, stupider and poorer by then because of all the damage they’ve done, and the oligarchs realize the beauty of it will be that the truppets will fall for the same con, over and over again.

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