How interesting to see the madia, under direction from their politiclown masters, trying to make us believe that we are bad citizens. But then I tend to lose sight of the fact that madia is by definition, the vehicle of propaganda d’excellence. And since the “compassionate liberalists” (also known as “politico-sentimentalists, “bleeding hearts” or “the enlightened”) currently hold the reigns of mainstream madia we are mostly subjected to their views on everything. Since they are fervent believers in their moral superiority, they believe that anyone having a differing belief is wrong and should be converted through indoctrination.
I believe (at my own risk and peril) that the problem is that we are hard-wired to link emotions to moral judgement. This is really scary because if values are emotionally grounded, then all of our moral conflicts cannot ever be resolved. Cross cultural research has shown that just about every value that one group cherishes is rejected by another group.
Good-bye world peace.
So, you rightly ask, what has that got to do with populism?
I am a dyed in the wool cynic (my only redeeming quality) so when politiclowns use the term as an insult toward those who think differently, I immediately get suspicious. Suspicion begets curiosity, so I started to try to understand this phenomenon.
According to the internet God, Wikipedia, “Populism is a political style of action that mobilizes a large alienated element of population against a government seen as controlled by an out-of-touch closed elite that acts on behalf of its own interests.”
Since most people, politiclowns and their elite cronies excepted, feel alienated from the political power fest, they can reasonably be labeled as populists. Feeling alienated is an emotion. It is therefore linked to our moral judgement.
Interestingly Karl Marx thought that estrangement of people from aspects of their Gattungswesen ("species-essence or moral values") is a consequence of living in a society of stratified social classes. “The alienation from the self is a consequence of being a mechanistic part of a social class, the condition of which estranges a person from their humanity.”.
Democracy, especially economic democracy, has created this stratified social structure where a small elite rule over the masses. This has awakened our suppressed political emotions.
Can you see the light?
Deftly leapfrogging your outrage and (dignified) offense, I will get back to the point I was trying to make;
Populism is a euphemism.
Everyone is dissatisfied with the current political (and social) zeitgeist. The politiclowns, being mortally afraid of this situation, have ordered the madia to go forth and indoctrinate the masses with the message that populism is wrong, and that anyone supporting it is bad. That is, you and me! The politiclown elite think that we are all bad and they are good. And we, the popul(list)lation think that they are inept idiots. See the euphemism yet?
Our moral judgement is firmly anchored in our emotions, and our emotions tell us that the system is wrong. We are therefore in conflict with the system, but this is no conflict of morals, the game is rigged; it is plain hegemony. So, before you turn sentimental and misty eyed in front of your preferred politiclown, remember that they don’t give a shit about you. Remaining in governance is the holy grail of every politiclown.
And if you think that voting for a “populist” politiclown will change anything, you are either confused or delusional; they are just another version of the same comic strip.