What passes today for populism is anything but! It’s astounding that the far right calls itself that when they are the total opposite. Labor historian and author Steve Babson on this show clarifies the meaning of the word “populism:” and it’s all of the left. Give a listen to both William Jennings Bryan’s 1896 “Cross of Gold” and Huey Long’s 1935 Share the Wealth speeches. Fred Harris and Bernie Sanders were populist candidates for president. Not those other guys. And for the future, imagine a populist economic democracy, and a democratic foreign policy! Populism is for more democracy, not less.

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