A quote for current times

From here:

… the enemy of populism isn’t the right wing or the left wing — the enemy of populism is liberalism, understood here not in the demented sense we use it in U.S. politics (where liberals are the people opposed to liberalism) but in its proper sense, meaning the classical liberal regime of property rights, free enterprise, free trade, individual rights, and a worldview based on well-ordered liberty emphasizing cooperation within and between nations.

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2 Responses to A quote for current times

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    Rubbish. Populism is the enemy of oligarchs, pure and simple.

    Case example #1 is the EU. The unelected very lefty European Commission knows what is good for the ordinary people: lots of illegal immigration of poorly educated intolerant muslims. The people are revolting against this by seeking to elect politicians who promise to cease this policy. Salvini in Italy and the new Vox party in Spain are the direct result.

    Case example #2 is the UK. The great Brexit war is an existential fight between the globalists in both major parties plus the elite bureaucracy, against the people who are likewise alarmed at muslim grooming gangs, crazy EU green tape and the mad ECJ. So they voted for Brexit, but the oligarchy has been fighting tooth and nail against it ever since.

    Oligarchies seek to control polities for themselves. They are prone to fads like Fabianism and global warming. Only when the ordinary people rise up can they be overthrown. Which is what populism is.

  2. Iampeter

    In what sense do you mean this is a, “quote for our times?”
    In previous exchanges, you’ve demonstrated that you oppose the, “classical liberal regime of property rights, free enterprise, free trade, individual rights, and a worldview based on well-ordered liberty emphasizing cooperation within and between nations.”
    You’ve described it as a “dark world” which has “never existed” (as if that has anything to do with anything) and that “no one would want to live in it, even if it did.”
    Pretty much all the posters at the cat also agree with you on this.
    In fact, most posters here are populists and proud of it, not understanding that puts them on the same side of politics as any other leftist.

    So, what are you trying to convey here?

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