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Populism Sounds Good, but It Always Ends Badly

Pierpaolo Barbieri | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Pierpaolo Barbieri

BUENOS AIRES -- Those Europeans tempted by populist politics should see in Latin America an avoidable future: the empty shelves in Venezuela while its government finds funds to support populist party Podemos in Spain or the stagflation in Argentina that hurts the poor while the sitting vice president is twice indicted for embezzlement. These are not accidents; they are the logical consequences of authoritarian regimes that think themselves beyond reproach or term limits.

Home-Field Advantage

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While President Obama's "middle class economics" speech last night certainly laid down a few markers for Democrats in 2016 and beyond, the real reason it now seems Democrats will be playing on familiar turf comes from Republicans.

Is Spain Flirting with Chavismo?

Alejandro Tarre | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Alejandro Tarre

So how could a tiny party created a year ago become a major player? Corruption is part of the explanation. Podemos' surge followed a string of high-profile scandals enmeshing members of the two main parties.

Friday Talking Points -- Getting Ready For Obama's Big Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.

Populism and Higher Education for the Age of the Smart Machine

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.15.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

Real populism does not mean simply railing against banks, as liberals pining for an Elizabeth Warren presidential bid assume. Genuine populism is a vision of democratic renaissance based on cross-partisan civic empowerment.

The Strange Non-Death of Polish Neoliberalism

John Feffer | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

Colin Crouch and I talked about how he became involved with Krytyka Polityczna, why he doesn't like the term "civil society," and why he considers the creation of the European Union one of the greatest innovations in history.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.

Populism Rises -- And the 'Center' Strikes Back

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

President Obama and other "centrists" largely managed to contain his party's populist wing throughout his first term. But the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her allies has emboldened what is now sometimes called the party's "Warren wing," as more and more Democrats sign on to the progressive populist agenda.

A Progressive Populism That Works

Mike Lux | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I am so tired of polls asking people to choose between economic fairness and growth. These two things are the furthest thing from being opposites -- in fact, there is a great deal of economic research and analysis that documents the exact opposite conclusion.

What Democrats Stand For: Four Messages for 2016

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It shouldn't be difficult for Democrats to remember what they stand for. These four messages support populist values. They also serve to differentiate the likely Democratic presidential candidate from any Republican.

Zach Carter

The Free-Trade Deal Has Got Republicans Talking Like Elizabeth Warren

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will have to expand the scope of President Barack Obama's executive powers if he wants Co...

Election Analysis: The Populist Alternative

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Populism of this kind is a sharp challenge to conventional views which see populism as "us versus them" demagoguery. It also differs from dominant liberal and conservative frameworks used to interpret the Republican advance in the recent election.

Debt Collectors, Social Darwinism and William Jennings Bryan

Don McNay | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Don McNay

In the over 90 years since William Jennings Bryan's death, we have seen scores of major atrocities played out with the theory of "survival of the fittest" as a motivating factor. We are also seeing it at every level of business and society.

Orchestras Come Out to Play

Jesse Rosen | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Two recent projects I was fortunate enough to see and hear recently extend the idea of engaging the many, to creating events that dramatically link orchestras to their unique time and place.

Absentee Senator Pat Roberts Survives Bruising Kansas Primary

Erik Ose | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Roberts appeared vulnerable earlier this year after questions were raised about his residency in Kansas, similar to what helped defeat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar two years ago.

Interview: What Can Be Expected From Ukrainian Right in the Midst of Political and Military Crisis?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In addition to the military crisis in Eastern Ukraine and the rise of pro-Russian separatist rebels, Kiev now confronts a growing political crisis as the country gears up for new elections. What can we expect from the Ukrainian right, and how will nationalist forces seek to profit from escalating tensions with Russia?

Why People Rule The World In 2014

Marian Salzman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Marian Salzman

People are more empowered now than they've ever been. And they're having their say in ways they've never had before, heard by wider audiences and taken ever more seriously.

How the DC Establishment Just Doesn't Get the Inequality Debate

Mike Lux | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Democratic politicians sure do fight over some important policy issues from time to time, but on message, good old fashioned progressive populism is winning the day. And it might just carry us to a surprisingly good election year in a very challenging political environment.

Ryan Grim

American Dissatisfaction With Everything Is Reaching Historic Levels

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- People are mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore, an extensive new survey of public attitudes toward the government find...

Warren Brings Populism Down South. Is Hillary Paying Attention?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

What should Democrats take away from Warren's visit to Kentucky? And what does it tell Hillary Clinton? It demonstrates Bill's old-fashioned triangulation -- the means by which the Democratic Party moved itself toward the corporate right -- has passed its sell-by date, even in Bill's native South.

Rethinking Populism in Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
John Feffer

It is the tension between the aggressively political competition at the polls and the aggressively non-political rhetoric of the heartland that characterizes the Populist Reformation. What drops out is the middle: the back-and-forth politics of liberal democracy.

The Emerging Populist-Business Coalition

Mike Lux | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Warren Buffett giving his biggest ever contribution in a political race is more important news than you might think. This particular contribution just well could be symbolic of an emerging alliance between progressive populists and some segments of the business community.

Clinton-Warren for Change

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

If a ticket of two women offers economic revival and transformational change based on financial justice championed by Pope Francis, the most popular figure on the world stage, support from women would be stratospheric and many men would join them.

The Return of Sixties Values

Bob Burnett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The level of U.S. political rancor has reached an intensity not seen since the '60s with its battles over civil rights and the Vietnam War. On the one hand, we have Republicans advocating a new Iraq war and more tax breaks for the rich. On the other hand, we have Democrats saying no to war and standing up for working families.

Europe's Populist Reformation

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Journalists and pundits are treating this nationalism-inflected populism as if it were somehow a new phenomenon. In fact, this populism can be traced back to the end of the Cold War.