Matters Arising 11th April 2017 14:00: Populism

A bit late, but I am just back in Spain after 8 weeks of absence, here is the subject of our next discussion:


How many times have you read or heard the words populism, populist or one of its variations, during the last week? Probably countless, unless you follow the populist press itself, of course, which will never acknowledge its populist nature.

What is a populist? According to the Merriam-Webster, a populist is:

  1. 1:  a member of a political party claiming to represent the common people; especially, often capitalized :  a member of a U.S. political party formed in 1891 primarily to represent agrarian interests and to advocate the free coinage of silver and government control of monopolies

  2. 2:  a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people

The Economist, provides a more comprehensive but still concise definition:

Cas Mudde, a political scientist at the University of Georgia, offered a definition that has become increasingly influential. In his view populism is a “thin ideology”, one that merely sets up a framework: that of a pure people versus a corrupt elite.

Just to quote the latest populist achievements (or misdeeds, depending on where you stand): Brexit, Trump’s election, Duterte’s election in the Philippines, Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Poland, Viktor Orbán in Hungary, just to quote a few. Closer to home, in Spain, Podemos attempted to overtake the socialists, failing narrowly – but it keeps trying. In other words, populism is a force to be reckoned with and we need to understand the movement and its motivations.

Confused? Not surprising. Let’s see if we can reach some conclusions when you

join the discussion next Tuesday 11th April at 14:00

we need to keep our grey cells functioning, might as well do it while having fun


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