populism

Populism carries Trump to the nomination. He’s completed 1 of 4 steps to victory.

Summary: With Trump leading in polls for most of the coming primaries, let’s review his success in the four keys to winning in November. Equally important is the reaction of Democrats to his success, and what it tells us about the potential for a new broad coalition (like the New Deal) that can defeat the …

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Why the Left is missing the rising populist movement

Summary: While journalists mindlessly cover Campaign 2016 (playing Trivia Pursuit, Gotcha, and “who’s on first”), the structure of American politics might be shifting. This series explores how and why. This post looks at the Left, so far the big loser in this transition, and what this means for the shape of the rising populist movement.  …

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Max Weber explains Campaign 2016: we want a charismatic leader to restore America

Summary: Past posts discussed the role of long-suppressed populism in the rise of Trump. But there are deeper forces at work, described a century ago by the philosopher Max Weber. Authority in America has passed from charismatic leaders to traditional leaders to bureaucrats (like Hillary and Jeb), as the Republic’s legitimacy drains away. Now comes …

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Why the Outer Party hates Trump & will waste this opportunity for reform

Summary: The reaction of our upper classes to the rise of Trump reveals much about 21st century America — a society divided by class, with blinkered elites, and an opportunity to unify and make reforms (which we’ll almost certainly squander). 2016 will be a big year for America, a bad one if we do not …

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Europe’s elites use immigration to reshape it

Summary: The West is a small world, as we see our elites simultaneously decide that more immigration will re-shape our societies into forms more pleasing to their needs. Their bold actions risk releasing the dormant forces of populism, with unknown effects. This post provides a playbill to the conflicts, a racing form to help you …

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