Jacques Sapir: Whom Should We Call a Populist?

The idea of large populist movements is rising all over the world, in USA with Donald Trump, and also in Europe. Here is an interesting question – whom should we call a populist? Should we call populist a movement which succeeded? In France before the Revolution in 1789 the main movement was against elites, against privileges, now we would call such a movement populist. But this movement succeeded, and we had the Great French Revolution.

We call populist some kind of revolutionary or non-revolutionary movements, which so far did not succeed. If they succeed, they will be no more populist movements.

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