Thursday, May 23, 2019

Vigeland: It's not left v. right but populism v. establishment

Emma is right, as usual. The so-called center of America is not some fantasy of a middle ground between right and left ideology. It is a battle for the majority of America, which is what populism is about. Granted there are at least two kinds: authoritarian and humanitarian. But at least some of the former can be turned into the latter with an authentic, progressive populist like Sanders. Biden, as a centrist ideologically, can't inspire this populist shift. She said:

"There's this kind of false perception that the center is in between the left and the right ideologically, where I would say the center is more populist, which is why we saw Donald Trump actually win, and why I think Bernie Sanders could have a similar appeal with those voters."

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