Will populism turn into fascism of the 21st century

Economic inequalities produce inequalities in status and power, globalisation displaces and concentrates economic power, and a free market generally produces labour market transactions in which many workers are trapped in a hierarchical authoritarian structure in which they lose their autonomy and dignity, as well as a say in key decisions affecting their livelihood.

how to tell the difference between populism and fascism

But populism is currently attractive because it contains a grain of truth and responds to real anxieties that our globalised economy generates. These are today the dominant currents of new social movements whose origins were, if not squarely left, at least leftish or proto-left.

Populists do not all opt for what might seem the easiest way out of this contradiction — but plenty do, when they in effect suggest that one should think less of a silent majority and more of a silenced majority.

There is no alternative to engaging with populists. After all, Nigel Farage did not bring about Brexit all by himself. Happy Halloween everybody. In fact, it is striking how often liberal observers on the one hand claim that populists in effect are all liars, or at the very least terribles simplificateurs — but, on the other hand, the same analysts always seem ready to buy the explanation that populists offer up when it comes to their own victories.

Will populism turn into fascism of the 21st century

What the establishment supposedly has always done, Populists will also end up doing. Economic inequalities produce inequalities in status and power, globalisation displaces and concentrates economic power, and a free market generally produces labour market transactions in which many workers are trapped in a hierarchical authoritarian structure in which they lose their autonomy and dignity, as well as a say in key decisions affecting their livelihood. The progressive recognition side has served as an alibi for the regressive economic side. Through far from perfect, the Bernie Sanders campaign in the US had some ideas that pointed in this direction. In this context, diversity is seen not as a weakness but a strength. Asking about the underlying causes of populism is urgent — but many of the answers given to that question have, again, been surprisingly simplistic. For it appears that, in the end, we want to have an easy life, too. To achieve this change requires the capture of state power and its use to end austerity by raising taxes and increasing social spending, to take measures to reduce inequality, and to end the uncontested power of the super-rich. Yet, they differ sharply in several aspects. Anyway, I hope this has been a sufficiently spooky read. This is, in my view, the key question for the left in our time. Many scholars correctly analyse the flaws in populist discourse and practices.
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Populism in the 21st Century