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Incoherent Populism

James Surowiecki recently wrote an article for The New Yorker detailing the perils of the growing populist sentiment in America. Here’s an excerpt:

The electorate, we hear, wants Barack Obama to be more of an economic populist but less of an ambitious reformer. He has to aggressively create jobs but also be less spendthrift. This advice may be contradictory, but then so are the economic opinions of the many angry voters who are animating what’s being called the new populism… In short, they don’t know why they’re against reform; they just are. It’s a bit like Marlon Brando in “The Wild One.” Asked what he’s rebelling against, he says, “Whaddya got?”

What do you think of the growing populist sentiment and the closely affiliated Tea Party protesters?

February 16, 2010

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