But populism can cut two ways, as the world saw in 1932 when Americans and Germans brought to power two very different types of populists: FDR and Hitler. Bernie Sanders’ version of progressive populism is very, very different from Trump and Youngkin’s racist populism.
Rightwing or “fascist” populism has overwhelmed numerous countries around the world, including Russia, Hungary and Turkey. America stands on the same edge, as Reaganism crumbles and something new must replace it.
The big break between Americans and their government began in the late 1970s when the US Supreme Court, in the Buckley and Bellotti decisions in 1976 and 1978, ruled that when billionaires and corporations (even foreign corporations) bought US politicians it was no longer corruption or bribery, but instead was First Amendment-protected “free speech.”Opinion | Democrats Have a Choice: Embrace Progressive Populism or Suffer a Trumpian Fascist Future | Thom Hartmann