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11/19/2016 12:01 pm ET Updated Nov 20, 2017

The Answer To Nationalist Populism is Global Populism

Bring out the inspiration
Bring out the new American poetic tradition
The new global poetic and musical movements
That unite people of all races, colors and religions
In the fight for global economic and social equality

This is the populism that tramples the demagogues
Not a fake populism that is nationalist, inegalitarian, isolationist and closed
But real populism that is universal, global and post-national,
True populism is borderless
It is the truth that resides in every heart of everyone from Talahassee to Timbuktu
It says that we are all equals, and must be,
If there will be peace
It says that the farmers and factory workers from Harlem to the Heartland
are the same as the farmers and factory workers and engineers and doctors
in Iraq, in South Africa, in Mexico, Russia, in every country
And that there is a global class of monetary and power elites that are oppressing all of us
And destroying our planet
It is a populism that knows both communism and capitalism have failed to be sustainable
And that we must boldly create a new way
That compels us to come together and usher in an era of mutual responsibility
Across the world

It is time to make good on
Our age-old birth rite
the day when all people live as equals
The dream Isaiah, Christ, Mohamed, Buddha, all dreamt of
The truth that unites us all

Let's slam dunk the fake populists
And give birth to a new global populism
Let's demand equality across borders
between all nations, races and religions
Between humanity and nature
Then there will be peace
The answer to nationalist populism
Is global populism