Populism is all the rage these days, though like many other -ism’s, it can be notoriously hard to define. It may be instructive to compare populism to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream: pleasant to the taste, unhealthy in excess, and vaguely associated with communism. Also, it comes in many flavors. Populism can arise on both … Continue reading The Perils and Promise of Populism
If you still don’t understand the populist fury that fueled the rise of Trump (and would have earned Bernie the nomination in 2016 and 2020 if he had been allowed to win), just look at what’s happening with GameStop right now. Could I have explained to you what a short sale is just twenty-four hours … Continue reading GameStop Populism
Are We Serious?
In the wake of their resounding victories in New Hampshire, the excitement emanating from the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaigns is palpable. Both (old, white) men are populist leaders. Both have built their campaigns on the promise of what they can do for the people, though in somewhat different ways – Sanders by getting … Continue reading Are We Serious?