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  •  Long As It's Progress (0+ / 0-)

    These are the kinds of ideas I think should be included in the vision. So, I'd encourage you to go there and express your opinion.

    Nebraska68847Dem has a point that populist doesn't necessarily give us progress. The Tea Party is arguably populist, but I'm not sure many would consider their ideas progressive. However, I think there is an important quality of including the desires of the people. If something isn't broadly popular, that calls into question how much of an improvement it is. There are times, however, when a great idea simply hasn't been adopted by the people as a whole.

    Thanks for your reply. Those are great additions.

    •  Populism (1+ / 0-)
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      I absolutely agree that populism has a dark side - people like George Wallace and Lester Maddox spring immediately to mind - but I think that progressivism without populism can also go off the rails.  I'd argue that economic policies of Rubin and Geithner fall into this category.

      I don't see populism as promoting broadly popular policies; rather, I see it as promoting policies that benefit people broadly.  Minimum wage laws, for instance.

      Populism does a lot of us-versus-them framing, and if you don't get the "them" part right, you end up with something that ignores the rights of minority groups - and that's not liberal.

      I maintain that you have to have all three:

      Liberal - People should be free to pursue their happiness

      Progressive - Each generation should be healthier, better educated, and have an easier life than the generation previous

      Populist - The purpose of government is to serve the people (that is, human beings)

      Oh, I'll write a diary. Just you wait.

      by Scott Martin on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 11:17:43 AM PST

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