What does 'populism' really mean?

By: Editor

Elections across the world are increasingly being won by parties described as ‘populist’, but what does the term actually mean?

According to our national broadcaster, it means “far right-wing, neo-fascist, xenophobic, racist, anti-Islamist…(the list goes on)”. But they would say that, wouldn’t they?

Parties described as ‘populist’ may be economically left-leaning, right-leaning or centrist – some are Social Democrats – but they are unified in representing the values and aspirations of an electorate let down by the establishment parties and institutions.

A vote for any ‘populist’ party is a vote for patriotism, nation state, secure borders, family, faith and community – a sense of rootedness and identity.

It is a vote against globalisation, unchecked free-market capitalism, open labour markets and supra-national organisations.

Populism is a revolution against social and economic neoliberalism, an ideology which has grotesquely overreached and is now – thankfully! – destroying itself due to its inherent contradictions.

Rod Liddle and William Clouston discuss the roots of neoliberalism, its impacts on our society, and its current demise.

Good riddance, says Rod:…

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28th January 2024

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Family, Community, Nation.