For Judis, the central aspect of a populist movement is a friction between "the people" and "the elite" in the case of leftwing populism, and between the people, the elite, and a third group allegedly fostered by the elite, such as immigrants, in the case of rightwing populism.
Judis traces the rise of American populism through key moments, including its inception with the People's Party in the 1890s, its resurgence in the wake of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the rightwing populism of George Wallace in the 1960s, the leftwing and rightwing populism of Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan respectively in the 1990s, and the years leading up to the 2016 presidential campaign.
Judis makes a compelling case that President Harry Truman's support for partition-and subsequent recognition of Israel-proved critical to the establishment of the Jewish state.
As the book's title makes clear, Judis regards the volume as an excavation of the basic dynamics that shaped-and continue to shape-U.S.
and Teixeira seem to have undergone a conversion on the road to a Democratic majority.
's story, flagged as "Ralph Nader's Betrayal" on the cover of the May 29 issue, contends that by running as a Green, Nader is undermining his life's work "as a champion of workers and consumers."
has just produced a book called The Paradox of American Democracy that demonstrates what happens when an idea-worker doesn't discard a notion best suited for a ripping round of "The One-Minute Intellectual." It clearly began with Judis
saying to himself, "You know, there's a lot of talk about how bad elites are, but they've done a lot of good in this country, only not in the way people think."
says making Silicon Valley more competitive will result in better computers, which will increase automation and reduce jobs, particularly entry-level positions needed by people on welfare seeking to enter the work force.
claimed that his position on gay rights was purely "civil libertarian," but his real message concerned the charmed circle of the family - defined in such a way that the civil liberties of gays were excluded.
"I think there was a period when there were businessmen outside the government who had some authority and who were respected, and who had a genuine national patriotic concern with the problems of the country," said the late Republican economic adviser Herbert Stein to Judis
. "I can't think of a single name now of such a person."