Populismdefense of rule by and for the common peopleemerged in response to the problem of maintaining ordered liberty in a democratic society. Functional populism requires a self-governing, independent but responsible citizenry steeped in faith, family and local freedom. Unfortunately, the corruption of this citizenry by a managerial elite has doomed populism; as a result, American constitutionalism itself is endangered.
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