11 thoughts on “Sam Wilkin ─ History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall

  1. Salvini is one of the only western politician who becomes MORE popular once he takes power. Why? Because salvini understands the forces of history working around him and how to exploit and to capture it. His party has doubled in support, he’s taking over the mainstream center right in Italy, while at the same time uniting with the populist poor of southern Italy with the five star movement to coopt them as well. That’s why when this man passes a law set to deport +500,000 Africans from Italy in 2019 he gets over 3 quarters of parliament to vote with him and cheer him in a standing oviation. That’s a true leader. Salvini is a Caesar wish him long health and success.

  2. I'm the fellow giving the talk in the video. Thank you for all the comments. I'll respond directly to those I have an answer for, but overall, it is gratifying to see positive comments from both Trump supporters and progressive Democrats. At least on social media, Americans can still talk to each other.

  3. In a word, neoliberalism. By/for/of benefit of international elite.
    "Populism", response to elitism.
    Where's the friggen surprise?
    Furthermore, West's and Westernized native population, around the world, is shrinking. Is there any stronger signal that neoliberalism is an epic failure?

  4. This definition of populism lacks rigour to such an extent that might be considered unacceptable in academia. The diversity of political projects that are taken as an example in itself demonstrates that it is an unworkable concept. A good illustration is the characterisation of Peron as a populist. His government has effectively recognised social and economic rights that were achieved in the US and Western Europe by social democracy, e.g. labour rights, women's right to vote, healthcare, pension system. The legacy of the modernisation of both society and the state that his government promoted remains until our days. What is the similarity between this political project and Trump, Di Maio or Bolsonaro? It might be time to rethink the meaning of 'populism', and even to reconsider its cognitive validity. Classifying people around the world based on whether they fit or not in the post-war Western European/US template of politician might not be the best thing to do to understand reality.

  5. I enjoyed the penultimate Q&A. I think a strong panacea for populism is compulsory voting – something we do in Australia with an independent electoral commission – and strong civic education (vs propaganda) – something we don't do very well.

  6. Our system isn't broken. It's rigged and it's working exactly the way it's supposed to. Against the people

  7. The women's March was ineffective because it was only one day. Sustained protest is what leads to real change

  8. Eric Hoffer, a working class longshoreman in San Francisco, wrote "The True Believer" as a reflection on Stalinism (international socialism), and Nazism (national socialism). Trump is neither of those.

  9. Support for mass movements comes from alienated loners looking for social connections and belonging to a cause greater than themselves. Sounds Utopian. Yep…sounds like the progressive ranks.

  10. Good stuff. This is why I keep watching this channel. One example: at around 55 minutes, Sam Wilkin explains that the populist voter, convinced the system is broken, will not stray from their candidate because of policies his politician pursues. I am an example of that; I voted for Trump and will not leave him, even though I wish he would get behind single-payer healthcare.

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