36 thoughts on “Populist Politics

  1. Spot on, look at how the Nazi's got into power in Germany. The ordinary person was fed up of the mainstream parties, like the SPD, delivering nothing so they looked somewhere else.

  2. le pen is leader of a party that was called fascist when it started – that's the problem, not 'populism' but fascism. I really have a problem with fascism, and i'm not the only one

  3. Here's the issue "Fascism is capitalism in decay" Le Pen et al are fascists, people voting for so-called populists are voting for an extension of the right-wing establishment, fact! If you vote for these hard-right factions you are essentially voting for the establishment. If you want genuine change then vote for an actual alternative; fascists are capitalist neoliberals protecting the bourgeois from actual socialist change. Nothing changes in Brexit, everything remains the same unless you vote to change the extant neoliberal economics, you a have voted for a racist version of what already existed. It is demonstrable that Farage, Le Pen etc… are fascists, Brexit is a fascist ideology, fact! "Incipient fascism exists when a group or class of people feel sufficiently trapped. Concise fascism is the exploitation of this feeling by imperialism or corporate big business to protect bourgeois privileges!" John Berger

    In essence, nothing will change, the only things these fascists provide is a vent for aggression!

  4. I actually think pie misses a bit here. Populist isn't being used as a word for supporting the concerns of ordinary people. It has come to mean dong that only because it'll get you elected – the inference being that these people are presenting themselves as something they don't actually represent, purely to get elected, and not necessarily to address those concerns.

  5. Imagine being a French person is Paris and you can hear an English man ranting about your election in a language you can barely speak

  6. You know you’re sophisticated when you flip the bird and keep the knuckles of your fingers close to the middle finger lol. I love it

  7. She isn´t a sociophat (yes, she is Jonathan, and everyone who has a slightest interest in politics know that since 25 years) , hahaha , i lost my shit, greetings from germany.

  8. The problem with populism is that it's very rarely based on truth or what's best. It's usually based on mob mentality. That's how Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump all got populist support, oftentimes from the same people!

  9. I dont like Macron either, but are you serious about him being a banker as something that disqualifies him?? what with that commie B.S?

  10. So basically there's no problem with muslims ploughing a truck through the crowd on Bastille day, and attacking the HQ of Charlie Hebdo shooting dozens of people but Le Penn wants them gone and she's a bigot

  11. What I really like about Jonathan Pie is that he is very good at articulating his point. He says a lot of things I feel but can't articulate.

  12. well…The National Front was created by skin heads and her father was a holocost denier (and leader of the party.) Not saying everyone votes for Marie is racist, just that people should know the roots of the party.

  13. Melenchon didn't propose 100% taxes in income, it was an income ratio plan, exactly the same as Corbyn's

  14. 1:30 "Crazy" Jean Luc Melenchon and his 100 % income tax – it's effectively an income cap. Well, loony FDR – the radical lefty, and 4 times elected U.S. president – suggested that, too. Congress did not agree, so he didn't get it through. They compromised at 80 %. – However, in 1944 the top marginal income tax rate in the U.S. was raised to 94 % (with some exemptions effectively 85 % of every Dollar over 2,7 million USD in todays ! purchasing power = approx. 2 million GBP).

    Taxes for the wealthy and highly profitable businesses stayed HIGH (and wages GOOD) in the U.S. after WW2. – Someone had to pay for the war expenses – and for the help Britain received during WW2. And for the Marshall Plan later. – Which is why the U.S. had the highest ever federal debt in 1947. – The U.S. continued to have a lot of government spending (infrastructure, G.I. Bill, then Marshall plan). They hired employees (and a lot of soldiers still were deployed in Europe and Asia – they are also government employees).

    Low unemployment = good wages and they were rising with productivity. High taxes and good wages and government spending (out of tax revenue for instance for infrastructure) kept the money CIRCULATING between government, citizens/consumers/workers, and businesses. (Today money is sucked out of circulation onto the (offshore) accounts of very few).

    The U.S. followed the Keynsian recipe: debt and tax financed government spending when the private corporate sector did not hire anymore – in 1933 at the height of the crisis when FDR came into office. They just did not ENOUGH of that. The U.S. started manufacturing weapons for its own military and for Britain = revival of exports – exports had suffered severely in the crisis in the 30s. Later the U.S. entered the war – that meant was Keynsian spending on stereoides and the U.S economy roared into full gear. (Keynsian spending is sometimes misrepresented as being pro war and pro huge military spending. That is not true – in fact any bold program. Unfortunately it is usually war and destruction for which there governments can always find the "Magic Money Tree". Unless the country is really under assault, the population would much more profit from other forms of spending like social housing, healthcare, education, infrastructure, research, renewables, desalination of water, ….

    After WW2 the U.S. did more government spending and adhered to the other side of Keynsian economics – REDUCE DEBT in good times – and the U.S. substantially reduced debt within 10 years with the contributions of those who would miss the money the least = wealthy/rich individuals and corporations who are doing exceptionally well (and would not reduce their consumer spending or their investments because of taxation). While the regular people had disposable income, and many business which were were doing "just" O.K. enjoyed a solid client base – they were not burdened with too much tax.

  15. Pie: If lots of people vote for someone they can't be a fascist.

    Me: Erm, Hitler? Mussolini? Ever heard of those guys.

    Also the only person who was offering anything to the 25% youth unemployed was Macron.

  16. France without doubt made the right decision electing Macron who crushed Le Pen by over 10 million votes, his speech of "Make Our Planet Great Again" recently was so inspiring and awesome, European citizens are more educated, smart, open and aware of the dangers of nationalism (which led to 2 world wars in the past) than Americans and Brits, that's why Hofer, Wilders & Le Pen lost/flopped, far-right is fading across Europe and populism is so last year. maybe USA is still slightly less dumb than Britain for resisting their Russian puppet president who actually lost popular vote. Politics is just a game in the end, the same teams will always be around with leaders who come and go

  17. His rather scathing analysis of today's political realities are just amazing in both depth and general understanding. Considering he is writing the stuff himself, he is one obviously one of the brightest sparks around.

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