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  •  Even creepier, he writes about populist energy (12+ / 0-)
    from movements like the Tea Party, Britain’s UKIP, France’s National Front and others that incorporate some Piketty-esque arguments (attacks on crony capitalism; critiques of globalization) but foreground cultural anxieties instead.
    a litany of fascist, racist, xeonophic groups.  Invoking them as anything but malevolent forces is very revealing for Douthat.

    Steve Gilliard Lives.

    by Bethesda 1971 on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 03:48:37 PM PDT

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    •  Woah! (3+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, TomP, Bethesda 1971

      That is pretty blatant. Disturbing.

      Such people bear watching.

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 04:32:57 PM PDT

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    •  in fairness, those groups are populist (2+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, Bethesda 1971

      Populism is anti-elite, not simply anti-rich, and it's also anti-other.  Populists are always and everywhere going to be skeptical of immigration and foreign influences in general out of the fear that these are necessarily hostile to "the people" simply by virtue of being different from them, and that bringing them over in large numbers and legislating accommodating them is going to smother the people.  The cynical populist laments that the only people who have any rights in a country are people who don't live there, and that's as true for rich countries as it is for poor countries.

      Ironically the belief that all poor people everywhere are on the same side simply by virtue of being poor is quintessentially Marxist.  Marx rejected national identity as well as racial and religious identities as part of "false consciousness".

      Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

      by Visceral on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 04:40:15 PM PDT

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