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  •  I am. And here are your explanations. . . (9+ / 0-)

    From this diary of mine from last August:

     

    [W]hile the term "Populism" can and is adopted and embraced by many sides, I consider my brand of Economic Populism to be very conservative:  fighting the excess accumulation of wealth into the hands of a very few Neo-Robber Barons who would (as they already have) diminish personal liberty and choices through the enactment of laws and regulations by and through Bought-and-Paid-For legislative lackeys.  Examples include Enron and Big Oil price manipulation/goughing; Big Pharma's pressure on Congress to deprive Americans of getting better-priced prescription drugs in Canada; the Insurance Industry's fighting tooth and nail (with willing, and paid-for, legislators by their side) to restrict consumers' access to Courts (they are systematically dismantling the Jury System, which, in my book, is a somewhat Radical thing to do in the United States).

     The monopolization and accumulation of wealth into the hands of a very few oligarchs, who effectively control all branches of government, is exactly how economically different from the Old Soviet System?

       

    What this Populist wants, here from a comment from last October.

    And, by damn, here's how a Populist campaigns.

    BenGoshi

    P.S. - Jerome, hope we can keep up the e-conversation.  Many opportunities for collaboration and (I hate this word, btw) synergies.

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    New pithy saying nominees being considered. . .

    by BenGoshi on Fri May 18, 2007 at 10:33:49 AM PDT

    •  I agree with the sentiments (6+ / 0-)

      (and the underlying policy and ideas) but I still disagree with the label. I guess we need to find a new one. Or do you think we can actually change the meaning of this one?

      PS - buzz me again after Wednesday, I should have a lot more time then.

      •  For anyone under 45-50 in the U.S. . . . (5+ / 0-)

        I don't think the term "Populism" carries much baggage, if any.

        Also, to the extent that it does (whether one is 40 or 80), well, look at it this way:  U.S. Moderates will perk-up their ears and listen to what the message is, U.S. Conservatives will perk-up their ears and listen to what the message is, U.S. liberals will perk-up their ears and listen to what the message is.

        And for under-40somethings, they really have little-to-no experience with the word or the concept.  They only know the tired and irrelevant:  Conservative/Liberal (now-false) dichotomy.

        However, if you or someone else wants to come up with a better or otherwise more appropriate word/term, I'm all ears and open-minded.

        BenGoshi

        P.S. -  Will be in touch per your "buzz me" note.

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        New pithy saying nominees being considered. . .

        by BenGoshi on Fri May 18, 2007 at 10:46:30 AM PDT

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    •  I felt that Edwards (8+ / 0-)

      spoke closest to what I consider populism with his "two Americas" speeches.

      I still think of him as closer to my "ideal Democrat" than almost anyone else on the national stage.

      I don't see him as pure populist, but at times he sounds really close.

      "I am awash in goddesses!"

      by Marc in KS on Fri May 18, 2007 at 10:44:25 AM PDT

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