When you first encounter the word “populism,” you might think it’s a close cousin of democracy, with all the positive connotations that go along with it. And for some, it may well seem a purer form of a process by which politicians harness the will of the majority.
But that’s only part of the picture. Populism—ostensibly a belief in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people—often requires a bogeyman, be it an existing government, the supposed cultural elite, the media, or a particular ethnic, racial, or religious group.
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Time For Truth: (Bloomberg) – Populism Takes Over the World
Two-thirds of the world’s internet users live under regimes of government censorship, according to a report released today. The report from Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank, finds that internet freedom across the globe declined for a sixth consecutive year in 2016, as governments cracked down on social media services and messaging apps.
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Time For Truth: (The Verge) – Two-thirds of the world's internet users live under government censorship: report
The Hungarian Prime Minister has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory over ‘deadly’ Hillary Clinton.
‘What a great news. Democracy is still alive,’ Viktor Orban wrote on his Facebook page following Donald Trump’s unprecedented election victory.
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Time For Truth: (Daily Mail) – Hungarian Prime Minister declares 'deadly' Hillary Clinton's election defeat 'great news'
Gov. Pat McCrory Sunday called the weekend firebombing of a North Carolina Republican headquarters “an attack on our democracy,” while one GOP official called it an act of “political terrorism.”
In a tweet, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blamed “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina.”
A Republican headquarters in North Carolina was victim to an overnight firebomb attack Sunday, police said.
The Hillsborough police department told the Charlotte Observer a flammable liquid was thrown through the Orange County office window — which read “Freedom Speaks” — in the early hours of the morning. Images surfacing on social media show the interior of the headquarters completely charred and gutted by the subsequent flames.
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Time For Truth: (New York Daily News) – Republican headquarters in North Carolina firebombed — ‘Nazi Republicans leave town or else’