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Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

. by Thomas L. Knapp Writing at The American Conservative, Mike Lofgren tears into the guts of Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump, the latest book by Republican political commentator Laura Ingraham. Lofgren’s two key points — that Donald Trump is no populist, and that conservatism is not populism — […]

Viewpoint: Donald Trump: Unprincipled Populist

Viewpoint: Donald Trump: Unprincipled Populist

By Thomas L. Knapp Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rhetoric is, by most accounts, “populist,” but that’s a broad description. Trump takes his “populism” from a particular historical tradition — one with a baleful history in American politics. What is populism, and what’s the problem with Trump’s version of it? Simplified, populism is the notion that […]