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Europe's Worst Crisis in Decades Is Also Populism's Greatest Opportunity

Julian Baggini | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Julian Baggini

BRISTOL -- Populism appeals to the "will of people" but is actually profoundly undemocratic. Democracy is about the negotiation of competing interests and the balancing of different values. Populism, in contrast, is a kind of mob rule. Where there is complexity, it offers simple solutions. Instead of seeking common ground, it looks to exaggerate the differences between them and us.