Independent Populists?

By Rachel Blum Spencer for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC

Michael Lind over at Salon suggests a disparity between populism and the “liberal left.” Given Sarah Plain’s new book, in which she continues to posture as a populist (see Rod Dreher’s discussion on her cultural populism) as well as recent FPR discussion on key terms such as populism and elitism, a rigorous discussion of populism seems to be in order.

Is populism something that clings clearly to one side of the party split? Was William Jennings Bryan’s populism liberal, conservative, or something else entirely? Perhaps populism is antithetical to localism, maybe it’s a response to big business, or maybe it’s a mixed bag.

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