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The roots of populism

The phenomenon is a wholesale suspicion of the principle of representation itself

By Thomas Osborne  

A bust of Thucydides, exhibited in a gallery in Moscow ©Wikimedia Commons, shakko

Populism seems to be on the rise just about everywhere. From being a phenomenon mostly associated with illiberal states in regions such as Latin America, it seems to have entrenched itself within the established citadels of liberal democracy.

In the United States, we have the spectacle of Donald Trump talking tough on building walls, keeping out Muslims and making America great again.…

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