The Origins of Populism

A great essay on the Russian intellectual parents of American academics:

Populism fed on guilt, and everything about Likharev, down to his very gestures, expressed a consciousness of guilt about something. The populist ideologists insisted that all high culture depends on wealth stolen from the common people and is therefore tainted by a sort of original sin. . . Not knowledge but pity became the moral touchstone.

We all know what kind of a political system came out of these ideas, don’t we?

2 thoughts on “The Origins of Populism

  1. “In one sketch, the narrator realizes that what the peasants most admire is success in pursuit of money.”

    Well that solves the mystery of the Donald Trump supporters then.


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