Title

Putting Populism in Its Place

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2021

Abstract

There are three distinct but interrelated notions of populism. The first is a theoretical claim, which sees the most legitimate political order as one that directly represents the will of the people. The second form animates that will in order to attack political elites or insiders in support of political outsiders. Third, populism in the cultural realm privileges accessibility and mass appeal over sophistication. Of the three, the third is the most benign, but all should be kept in their place lest they threaten liberty and undermine democracy.

Comments

This article was originally published in The Independent Review, volume 26, issue 1, in 2021.

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Independent Institute

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