Why do people who are ‘the people’ appear duped by Trump?

The Editor,  The Progressive Magazine,  Madison, Wisconsin,  USA

July 8, 2018

Hello The Progressive,

Jim Hightower (Apr/May Vox Populist) addresses the provocative, yet inappropriate and lazy, term “populist” when it is used to describe the “angry spasm of discontent” supposedly fueling the Trump politics. Hightower captures the real meaning in the phrase “everybody does better when everybody does better”. Read the rest of this entry »


Response to Robert Borosage of (USA)

‘Perverse populism’ is a good term. But what is different today is that the necessary response to climate change (for sustainability, survivability) requires more fundamental change than progressive populism. The whole ‘consumer man’ culture (exploitation), in which right wing populism and progressive populism are both imbedded, is indicted. The election of Trump, Brexit, the mafia type in the Phillipines, the rise of xenophobic parties in Europe, etc., are intuitive responses from the terror of fundamental change. Naomi Klein in “This Changes Everything” tries to put a soft face on it but the ‘populist’ response today is, for now, of a nature that people will want to preserve any bit of consumer man they can grasp for as long as it lasts (probably not very long) and the centuries (millenially?) long devotion to exploitation as the cultural norm is seeing them accept more inequality.
Richard Keller

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The term “populism” is a distraction.

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

27 December, 2016

Dear Editor:

Much is being said about the ‘populism’ of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But that term is a distraction.  Read the rest of this entry »