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  •  Diary is Mistitled (5+ / 0-)

    The diary content is excellent, and the point is taken, but the diary should be retitled: corporatism versus progressivism.

    Populism is defined by the Cambridge dictionary as "political ideas and activities that are intended to represent ordinary people's needs and wishes".

    Offshore drilling, even after the disaster, is (regrettably) still popular, and thus offshore drilling is populism.

    I realize that we often use populism to juxtapose the working class against the elites, but even in this popular context, the diary misuses the word, as many corporatist policies are widely popular.

    I realize that the progressive left media has been loudly projecting its beliefs unto the Nation as a whole since at least last summer, with the likes of Arianna Huffington squawking it like a parrot every other day. We all like to believe everyone thinks the way we do. But I think we do ourselves a terrible disservice in two ways by misusing the term populism: not only is it a misnomer for our beliefs, but it wrongly asserts that the majority of the people feel the way we do, obfuscating the amount of hard work still ahead for us.

    There are correct terms for anti-corporatist policies, but populism isn't one of them.

    (N.B.: I'm not sure progressivism is a word, though)

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