On Populism and the Corporate Sleight of Hand

On Populism and the Corporate Sleight of Hand
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I am pleased at the results in Netherlands. Really, I am.

However, I am quite tired of corporatists attempting to conflate racism and demogoguery as populism. The essential underlying principle of populism is not blaming the other (which is the purview of xenophobia, racism and nativism) or even rooted in left, centrist or regressive politics.

Populism arises from an unsupported shift in the distribution of power and wealth outside of the tolerance of those left out or reduced in stature en masse.

Populism arises from the recognition of (and is expressed through action against) an imbalance between the material and political access of the masses to the inordinate and unearned advantage of elites.

It is not by default against academia and science, wealth itself, elites or even authority and government. However, any of these alone or in combination can be (doubtlessly) exacerbating factors and lead to pathological degradation of the phenomenon.

Populism in any form indicates a need to reexamine the social contract and address the imbalances justly. When ignored, it only grows worse and becomes more susceptible to the unaddressed philosophical and social malignancies that seek to capture its rage.

But conflating it as a basic unification of the mass with those malignancies, and dismissing all talk of imbalances in need of address, or worse, decrying the people calling for change and lumping them in with those who call for jingoism, racism and the like, only shows the malignancy is in the tendency to not wish to balance the social contract.

A social contract out of balance against the mass's will is the surest way to destroy a society through the dissolution of comity and the ensuing eruption of rage. You won't be able to point populists at outward influences or your favorite out-of-power scapegoat for long before they notice you are still making their lives worse, regardless of how much you appeal to their dark and stupid prejudices.

Media and corporate strategies conflate populism with the tendency of demagogues to harness the ignorant and dull with the reins of their own biases. In doing so, they are bluntly and ineptly attempting to perpetuate an agenda of excessive concentration of wealth and power that has long pushed far past its legitimate wider benefit.

Unprincipled, profit-first, property-before-people corporatism and globalist neoliberalism are destroying social contracts. They have been rejected by the masses for their outright exploitative and immoral aims as well as their failure to deliver better lives for all. This is the root of current populist movements worldwide.

Populism, and all of the ills that spring up amidst it when it persists (and which will only grow without addressing the aggravating imbalances they sprout from), cannot be ended until the condition of the common person is more humanely prioritized. The unending drive to accumulate and hide away assets (and to lay waste to any society that will not surrender them) must be stomped out.

If the nations will not do it, then they will end up stomped out as well, or worse: taken over by Putinite oligarchical mafia strongmen or Trumpian buffoon demagogues, dominated by venal Orbanesque mini-despots and cronies, ruled by decrepit Bucharest kleptocrats or under the grim, gray orthodoxies of old, bitter men and jaded, cynical plutocrats who claw for the powers of tyranny in the chaos of resistance.

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