Margaret Canovan on how the term populism was used,  The term populism is a vague and contested term that has been used in reference to a diverse variety of phenomena.
However, it is the question of process that matters most. If one reviews the plans that Trump hopes to implement on his first hundred days in officethe glaring omissions may be the most important. First among these is the rights of women to their bodies — both in terms of reproductive rights and protection from sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, on city streets, and in relationships.
What stands out here is the cultural factor — the process through which the behaviors and attitudes of the ruling elite send signals to the public regarding what is acceptable — as well as the political factors tacit within legal rights to abortion and to protection from harassment and assault in the workplace.
This link with Trump should come as no surprise, given his attachment to Breitbart, which serves as a mainstream haven for white nationalism and neo-reaction. Linking futurism to regression Given this foundation in white nationalist futurism, there should be no surprise that Trump seeks to shred any small climate progress undertaken by previous administrations.
Obama was not an environmental president by any means; in fact, topped records for oil production in the US. However, Trump will only deepen the movement toward resource extraction and the devastation of what makes this place on Earth great.
Much of this direction hews to the Christian Reconstructionist philosophy that Mike Pence brings to the table. An incredibly powerful religious movement, Christian Reconstructionism asserts the divine mission of spreading Christianity over all corners of the world — and not just any Christianity.
However, it is difficult to see what kind of macabre chimera this coalition will form between the gay futurist, Peter Thiel, and the anti-gay Reconstructionists. Steps toward fascist states Deepening the populist rhetoric that marks his climate policy, Trump declares that he will immediately deport millions of undocumented migrants from the US, although the number he provides for the first push is a fraction of the 11 million he has presented overall.
If he deploys civilian militias to help engage in this work, he is still not too far from Bush, Jr. Neither of those two worked to suppress the powerful border militias in the late s, some of which were rather openly fascist in ideological disposition.
However, what stands out in the numbers is that, while Obama deported more than 2.
Undocumented people caught re-entering the US will face a stiff prison term, entering a spiral of criminality that broadens as attempts build up. To help implement his plan for controlling migration, Trump has brought the architect of SBKris Kolbach, onto his transition team.
By declaring that Mexico will pay for an incredibly expensive, large wall across the US-Mexico border, Trump provokes anger that he can use later as an excuse to deploy military or police operations across the border — perhaps something like an invasion. Trump has already begun reaching out to radical right populist parties in Europe — even before reaching out to their respective heads of state.
The Islamophobic sentiment that Trump rode into power could easily give itself to a rising wave of anti-Semitism, as represented by the alt-right — particularly if the populist radical right sweeps away the left and center in the next round of elections.
That Trump has indicated that he will continue the mass rallies while in office suggests the ominous potential for collective, mass violence and an ongoing personality cult. Imposing term limits on Congress and diminishing the federal payroll through attrition speak to longstanding populist complaints with federal corruption and over-spending.
We can likely rule term limits out, since the Senate and House will both be controlled by politicians who enjoy term limits very much.
As the data shows, the cross-class mobilization of interests that Trump galvanized was not particularly impressive, falling behind Romney and McCain in votes gained. Just over a quarter of eligible US citizens voted for Trump.I've been thinking of my friend Jeffrey Bell. Jeff, who died suddenly two weeks ago at age 74, was a Vietnam veteran who shocked the political class when he won the Republican Senate nomination in.
I think it is possible to outline a list of features that are typical of what I would like to call Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism. These features cannot be organized into a system; many of them contradict each other, and are also typical of other kinds of despotism or fanaticism.
But it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it. What Is Populism? - Kindle edition by Jan-Werner Muller.
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The destructive nature of the current elitism has yet to be (fully) exposed by the ascending ‘populism.’ As we said earlier, elitism’s irrational behavior, particularly in regards to natural resources, ecosystems, life and the general well being of our blue planet is abysmal!
It is like a kind of mission to nowhere. In this a truly insightful book, author Jan-Werner provides a very cogent summation of the theory behind Populism.
Jan-Werner takes past and recent examples of well-known Populists, and some who are not so well-known, from all corners of the globe, and fits them into the theoretical mechanics of .
In , the great Hungary-born conservative (he prefers the term “reactionary”) historian John Lukacs published an unfortunately not-very-good book called Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred.