Populists claim to call it as it is. The political world is divided into antagonistic groups: the people versus the corrupt elite; the people versus those who don’t belong. The perils posed by modern populism come from its tendency to demonize opponents and the political environment in general, and from its failure to appreciate the complexities of democratic practice and the communities in which we live. Populism too often collapses into the politics of blame and simplistic solutions. But it constitutes an important force in modern politics and can be seen directly as a political response to the concerns of democratic disillusionment. Part of the appeal of populism today is that it captures the frustration felt by many about the way politics works and what it delivers or fails to deliver.
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