[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]”The transfer of wealth and power to the few did not happen by accident, indeed they were instrumental in making sure that happened” – the Koch brothers.
The elephant in the room is the omission to address the origins and impact of Neo-Liberalism on world events.
The real problems facing all of us, is the power and corporate capture by a tiny elite of the nations politicians. This tiny elite have created institutions around the world that have effectively negated the democratic aspirations of ordinary people, so far they remain powerful due to the imposition of top down political policies, which in themselves have created reactions broadly described populism. In truth it has been the lack of genuine factual information in the public domain, that has served to divert attention away from the real causes of peoples frustration on to the most visible consequences of this tiny elites influence.
“Populist” redirects here. For other uses, see Populist (disambiguation).
Populism is a political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against a privileged elite. Critics of populism have described it as “a political approach that seeks to disrupt the existing social order by solidifying and mobilizing the animosity of the “commoner” or “the people” against “privileged elites” and the “establishment”. Populists can fall anywhere on the traditional left–right political spectrum of politics and often portray both bourgeois capitalists and socialist organizers as unfairly dominating the political sphere.
Political parties and politicians often use the terms “populist” and “populism” as pejoratives against their opponents. Such a view sees populism as demagogy, merely appearing to empathize with the public through rhetoric or unrealistic proposals in order to increase appeal across the political spectrum.
Populism is most common in democratic nations and political scientist Cas Mudde wrote: “Many observers have noted that populism is inherent to representative democracy; after all, do populists not juxtapose ‘the pure people’ against ‘the corrupt elite’?”.