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Today the name of Boyko Borissov's new NON-POLITICAL (emphasis mine) formation was announced. In Bulgarian its abbreviation is GERB, which means a state emblem...now how does that relate to populistic messages?:-)

I can resist anything but temptation.- Oscar Wilde
by Little L (ljolito (at) gmail (dot) com) on Wed Mar 29th, 2006 at 04:20:19 AM EST
"Non-political" means "fascist".

It was characteristic of fascist regimes [and spiring fascist movements] in the 1930's (and later) to criticize "party politics". If the idea becomes popular it undermines the political system.

Another authoritarian populist trait is to dissociate politics from society in rhetoric. Society is the point of politics.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 29th, 2006 at 04:27:16 AM EST
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