John Judis On Populism

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John B. Judis, a leading American journalist, has just published “The Populist Explosion,” an incisive examination of the rise of populism on both the right (Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen) and the left (Bernie Sanders). He traces this central development in contemporary politics to the 2008 recession and the way it discredited the faltering neoliberal agenda. He urges readers not to brush off populism as demagoguery but to pay attention to the issues that populists raise: illegal immigration, the dominance of the billionaire class, the dysfunctional Euro, income gaps, and the dislocations caused by free trade. Populist movements are unstable compounds that can tilt left or right, and they are sure signs that a political consensus is busting apart.

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By: Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum