Why politicians don't like to be called populists | BBC Ideas

Why politicians don't like to be called populists | BBC Ideas

22 thoughts on “Why politicians don't like to be called populists | BBC Ideas

  1. Populism is not a formal political system. It's a word used to describe the mess the we're in. Bottom line is all societies are authoritarian, but authority is dispensed along a spectrum from gentle and kind authority with better freedom …all the way to harsh and brutal authority. It's all connected to affluence, the more money a country has the more gentle it can afford to treat its people since people are wealthy and happy and nothing to complain about. But the poorer a country is, the stronger the push for stricter authority is necessary because of riots and protests since people are poor and want change.

  2. It’s easy to criticize populism from the comfort of London. But go LIVE in post industrial Britain, or the US. Not just have a 1 hour documentary. You too will will be a populist.

  3. You saying its a vicarious expression that eliminates or limits certain actions of individuals through watching the experience of others? Thanks for telling me. The trouble I've been having, I tell you.

  4. Don't get your information about populism from here, the BBC are the definition of globalists 😂😂😂

  5. Populism is to a certain extent democracy. The problem is that most politicians running on a populist platform have absolutely no intention of actually delivering on the populist promises. They only use it as a ploy to get elected, and afterwards they can then enact authoritarianism because it makes life simpler for them and since they don't give a shit about people in general.

  6. The wall is waste of money . Why don't we just land mine the entire border send military and volunteer instead of a wall which we don't even know if it work or not . Btw wtf am i talking about . Lol this is out of topic .

  7. Next days Britan will become Muslim dominant country , and it economy downward from present to future

  8. BBC: 'Populists are prone to scapegoating journalists'

    Also the BBC: 'Let's have Jimmy Savile host a TV programme aimed for young children for years despite multiple allegations of child abuse, also we'll just ignore all this Rotherham scandal malarkey."

  9. So what you are saying is that all the establishment parties are 'populists'?

    The problem with that definition is that the terms are so broad and hazily defined that they can apply to almost any political movement. It allows people to preemptively slur opponents as populists just because they believe that the people in power are not doing the job they are elected to do. At least in today's usage, it's an insult used to shut down criticism rather than adding anything useful to a discussion.

  10. Populism means nothing. It's a left wing smear. Left wingers use it to dismiss ideas they don't agree with.
    They don't worry about us against them when they talk about people who earn more money than them or have a private EDUCATION. Traditional Tory's.
    You can't help been born to a well off family no more than you can choose the colour of your skin.
    What's the difference between hating rich people and blaming them for your problems or blaming brown people for your problems?
    Real problem seems to be making excuses and finding a scape goat.
    Too many people are failing and looking for excuses.

  11. Inviting more poor people into a country when you already can’t help the poor people already there.

  12. Since globalization is not in favor of world powers, cuz hegemonic power won't be able to exploit weak states anymore, populism suddenly became popular

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