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  •  What makes you think that conservatism and (1+ / 0-)
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    populism are at odds?

    If anything,. the modern "progressive" movement is the one that's anti-populist.

    You are free to disagree, of course, but I can't think of many places where I see more references to stupid voters and snide digs at Wal-Mart shoppers than I do here at DK.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 07:06:18 AM PDT

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    •  You're reading something (1+ / 0-)
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      that I didn't say. They're not polemics, but it's been a long time since I've seen the conflation.

    •  populism is anti-elite (3+ / 0-)

      It's anathema to conservatism because it denies the legitimacy of the Establishment: political, cultural, economic, etc.  It's anathema to liberalism because it denies the legitimacy of experts: of people whose job it is to know better.  Populists are people who'd be happy to tear down anyone they see as alien to themselves and who they think is telling them what's what and how things are going to be.

      In the balance, populists are on the right because the rich would be just as happy to eliminate legal authority: they're confident that ownership will translate into de facto power as everyone does what the rich want voluntarily in order to stay live.

      To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

      by Visceral on Tue Sep 04, 2012 at 10:04:56 AM PDT

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