The Impossibility of Populism
By Pierre Lemieux
Populisma regime where the people ruleis impossible because it is not clear who the people are and what they want. Populism requires the illusion of a ruler who incarnates the people but who, in reality can rule only a part of the people to the detriment of the rest. The only way populism would be possible is if the people isor rather areconceived as a set of separate individuals, each of whom governs himself or herself.
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