What is Populism - Cookies and Conversation Event
The first 2019 Cookies and Conversation events will concentrate on post-2018 election views of what is ahead by asking "What do we Know?"
- What do we know about our congress?
Is there a split to worry about?
Is the leadership well established and able to lead?
- What do we know about current messaging from prominent leaders?
Progressive, moderate, old guard?
Is there a good process for finding 2020 candidates?
- What do we know, based on recent experience, about our political power?
What worked and what did not work?
- What is the current definition of “Progressive”?
- And last but importantly: What do we need to find out?
Where should our research energy be spent?
Who should we listen to?
This first Conversation will begin by asking “What is POPULISM”. The subject is suggested in a NYT article by David Leonhardt:
“There is only one quality — beyond, of course, charisma— that Democrats should demand in their nominee. The Democrats need a candidate who can and will run as an economic populist. (my italics).... But populism isn’t the same as liberalism.
Most voters don’t tote up all of a candidate’s policies and try to figure out his or her precise ideology. They care more about the values a candidate projects .... Populism takes very different forms — from odious racism to sensible economics — but there is no other political style consistently succeeding in the Western world right now.”
[To read the entire article, see the New York Times] or use the attached file to link to it. Then watch the “Timothy Snyder Speaks, ep. 4: Sadopopulism” video. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOjJtEkKMX4
So, populism is frequently used in columns in the Times and other media. As Timothy Snyder said in “On Tyranny”, we need to read and support good journalism, let’s make sure we KNOW what that means as we keep ourselves informed. We will start with a dictionary quote:support for the concerns of ordinary people.
"it is clear that your populism identifies with the folks on the bottom of the ladder"
Indivisible Guide 2.0 is a great resource, however, being informed about people and government is a general and very useful trait that will bring us to good decisions.
Read the article and view the video and come prepared for a good discussion on January 16 7pm at my home.
WHEN:Wednesday, January 16, 7 to 8:30 PM
RSVP: Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT TO BRING: Yourself, cookies to share (if you wish!), curiosity, willingness to engage, laugh, and eat cookies...