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A history and current happenings of what could be the West’s populist movement

MARSEILLE, FRANCE - APRIL 19:  National Front Leader Marine Le Pen, holds a presidential campaign rally at the Dome De Marseille on April 19, 2017 in Marseille, France. One of the most unpredictable French elections is being closely fought, with National Front leader promising to protect the electorate from globalization. The 48 year old daughter of the party founder Jean Marie Le Pen has manifesto pledges such as taxing job contracts for non-nationals and proposing to leave the euro zone.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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National Front Leader Marine Le Pen, holds a presidential campaign rally at the Dome De Marseille on April 19, 2017 in Marseille, France.

Trump, LePen, Brexit. The masses are looking in less conventional places for leadership these days.

Trump, LePen, Brexit. The masses are looking in less conventional places for leadership these days.

Anti-establishment sentiments have prompted the public to buck traditional leaders. While populism isn’t a new phenomenon, recent years have brought the subject back to the fore. But what is populism? The term means different things, both good and bad, to different people. Larry talks to guests today about what’s sparked the recent movement.

Guests:

John Fonte, senior fellow and director of the Center for American Common Culture at Hudson Institute, a conservative non-profit think tank based in Washington D.C.; he also authored, “Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others?” (Encounter Books, September 2011)

Michael Kazin, history professor at Georgetown University focusing on U.S. politics and social movements; he is also editor of “Dissent,” a political and cultural criticism magazine; he also authored, “The Populist Persuasion: An American History” (Cornell University Press, 1998)

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