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Alex Cooley and I have a new piece in Foreign Policy about “multipolar populism.” Despite important regional, cultural, and political differences, many contemporary populists embrace multipolarity—an international system composed of multiple great powers rather than one or two superpowers. They do so as a rhetorical aspiration, a vision of a global order that privileges national sovereignty […]

On Populism

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On October 25, 2017

You want to know something that really bothers me about how the liberal/left remembers American history? It’s how we think about the Populists. Of course we filter our understanding of the past

Economic Populism

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On February 22, 2016

We know how the appeal of Bernie Sanders is based around economic populism, especially since he’s primarily a 1-issue candidate and that’s the issue. And we know why–growing income i

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Populist Conspiracies

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On April 8, 2015
Richard Hofstadter was a very influential historian but he was also a tremendous snob whose personal proclivities would not make him look positively at a bunch of poor southern farmers. In The Age of Reform, Hofstadter notably dismissed the Populists’ claims that monetary policy was part of an east coast conspiracy to keep them down. […]

Lawrence Goodwyn, RIP

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On September 30, 2013

The great U.S. historian Lawrence Goodwyn has passed. The author of the single best book even written on the Populists, Democratic Promise, The Populist Movement in America (as well as the shorter ver

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