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Thomas Frank evidently has a new book out that explores the same ground as his What’s the Matter with Kansas book that made his name. I’ve always found Frank’s vision of America incredibly simplistic, to the point of being ridiculous. But I’ve never bothered exploring the question in any deep form. Luckily, Erik Baker wrote […]
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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 through contemporary politics. We’ve always done that. This is why you see changes in the views of particular political figures, such as the […]

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

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 version, The Populist Moment), Goodwyn made the concerns of these impoverished 19th century farmers central to the response and resistance to the rise […]
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