(ed: this piece is about right/lefty populism in america – but the message here in nz for the greens (in particular) is that now is the time to embrace/’own’ good-populism..
and this should be their message from now until the election – and after..arguing for real/concrete change that will benefit all..)
In America there are clear left and right populist movements and though there are some issues where they may find agreement (i.e., the Trans-Pacific Partnership) – their broader visions couldn’t be further apart.
On the left Sen. Bernie Sanders has become the de facto leader of the progressive movement – promoting egalitarian ideals and inclusivity and advocating structural reforms that address systemic corruption and massive economic disparities.
Trump’s right-wing populism on the other hand is a reactionary backlash against globalization and multiculturalism – promoting intolerance – nativism and anti-intellectualism.
While the populist left identifies the economic elite as the class pulling the strings in Washington – the populist right tends to focus on cultural and intellectual elites – embracing conspiracy-theory thinking that singles out the so-called ‘globalists’ as the sinister elite behind all of our ills.