25 August, 2017

‘I Alone Can Fix It’ Becomes ‘It’s Not My Fault’

‘I Alone Can Fix It’ Becomes ‘It’s Not My Fault’: "Populists define political problems as very simple, denying the existence of complex tradeoffs. They envision the political system as pitting a unified people (or, in certain herrenvolk varieties of populism, as a unified racial subset of the people) against a nefarious elite. The dilemma is that the promise of easy solutions can help win an election, but it does not translate into governing. Populists generally either radically depart from their platform, resort to authoritarianism to consolidate their power, or fail. "

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