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What does an electoral mandate mean in a democratic system?

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Whenever an election result heavily favors one party or candidate, the commentariat class—those members of the media and political elite who feel qualified to act as final arbiters in determining the meaning of political and cultural events—brand that victory a “mandate.” This term is used as if the degree of victory somehow gives the winner greater legitimacy to act, lending ...

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Donald Trump Ushers In A New Era of Populism

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Election night confirmed a long-held suspicion. This whole electoral cycle has been a lesson in humility for pundits overconfident in the reliability of data forecasting, broadcast from the Twilight Zone. That said, the profundity of it is staggering, even for skeptics like myself. This was not a runaway victory for Trump. Yet, because the forecasts were so very wrong, it ...

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Trump: Populism’s First National Victory?

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When the Tea Party first rose up in the 2010 midterm election, the last vestiges of left-wing populist agitation which had influenced the political landscape from the late-1800s through the mid-1900s seemed poised to emerge on the right. Fast forward through half a decade of right-wing anti-establishmentarianism fighting in vain against party elites and their inexplicable inability to stand up ...

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Clinton pushes dishonest message of economic nativism in attacks on Trump

In a testament to the facile trivialities to which nuanced and weighty policy issues have been reduced, Hillary Clinton’s campaign recently advanced a line of attack against Donald Trump’s economic policy which claimed the fact that various items from Trump’s clothing line are manufactured overseas proves the hypocrisy of his promise to “Make America Great Again.” The series of ads, ...

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And We Sang, ‘We Won’t Get Fooled Again’

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There is always an inherent danger in embracing a populist candidate for any office. Inclined to grandiose rhetoric and unfulfillable promises, populist candidates feed off the fears, hopes and frustrations of the general population. Calculating populist politicians can weave rhetoric that touches generally on topics and caters to the room that they are addressing, usually without saying anything that can ...

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Digital Campaigning and the Rise of Populism in the 2016 Primary

Populism is amongst the most significant factors of the 2016 election cycle. Even Carly Fiorina credited competitor Donald Trump’s frontrunner status to his vehement anti-establishment rhetoric. Office seekers tout their populist credential; pundits often weigh the credentials of a candidate against it. But what does “populism” really mean, and how is it being utilized in voter outreach? The simple answer ...

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Does Modern Populism Have an Answer to Modern Political Problems?

For many efficaciously disillusioned Americans, populism is the sole redeeming hope on which hangs a return to political virtue. Yet, modern populists, both left and right, have a spotty record of success. True, the Tea Party and anti-Wall Street, class warfare leftists have seen electoral success in the last couple of elections. However, after assuming power, they have done little. ...

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Jim Webb’s Unassuming Populism

While most of last weekend’s media coverage was focused on the bombast that was Donald Trump’s FreedomFest speech, former Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) was giving an interview on Fox News Sunday. Over the course of the segment, Webb agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in his criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. He suggested he would be open ...

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William Jennings Bryan Lives Again in Donald Trump

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The presidential election of 1896 was by no means a placid one. Civil War issues still lingered in a continuing sense of economic and civil unease. These tensions were not allayed by rapid westward expansion, made possible by the Industrial Revolution. Not only was small town America seemingly destined for extinction under this revolutionary connection, but it ramped up economic ...

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Populism, Racism and the Left

Somehow, as seems to be the case with every tragedy that occurs in America, the tragic murder of nine people in South Carolina by a racist murderer has been hijacked for political gain. Any Republican who doesn’t publicly repudiate the Confederate flag as a symbol of segregation and oppression and call for its immediate removal from South Carolina government grounds ...

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The original populist party platform, 1892

While populism started striking a chord with rural Americans in the 1880’s, it wasn’t until 1892 that a formal party sought to embody and address the fears of a threatened agrarian citizenry. NATIONAL PEOPLE’S PARTYPLATFORM Assembled upon the 116th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the People’s Party of America, in their first national convention, invoking upon their action the ...

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