Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I'm not sure what "populism" means in a European context. The last time the US had a populist movement (1890-1920) it was led by farmers who felt that they were being cheated by the railroads, grain mills and meat packers. There was also a misunderstanding of how credit worked which led to a movement to have the gold standard replaced by gold/silver.

Some of their other interests did have positive results: the Pure Food and Drug Act, the anti-monopoly legislation, and reform of the banking system. WWI and the rise of organized labor took the wind out of the movement's sails.

What is interesting now is that many of the ills that they were protesting against have re-emerged, but there is no sign of a new populist movement so far.

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Mon Mar 27th, 2006 at 05:06:53 PM EST

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