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5.0 out of 5 stars What William Greider wants the People to tell the President..., April 6, 2009
This review is from: Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country (Hardcover)
In my back room are TWO copies of William Greider's Who Will Tell the People. Greider, from a rich-guy world, worked Rolling Stone as international correspondent, then Washington Post, now The Nation. He's still helping us sort the tough stuff out...
What I love about his current book, Come Home, America, is he points the way to a populist solution to our economic/global meltdown by examples of the people telling FDR that we need a Social Security system and labor rights.
"Politicians need people to stand up to them," he says "President's, too."
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Initial post: Apr 10, 2009 11:46:34 PM PDT
Hans Scholl says:
The problem is that the "people" are not a monolith. Populism fails because, well, it really isn't "popular". Some are in favor of government--until it intrudes upon their life. Others want no government--until they need it.

This country is undergoing a fundamental crisis--between liberty and equality.Liberals say they want both, but are willing to sacrifice liberty so long as it improves equality. Conservatives are the exact opposite.Both are ultimately oppressive ideologies.

Populism=epic fail.Let's move away from such silly and obviously inaccurate terms and to a more nuanced, mature, discussion of American politics.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2009 5:58:26 PM PDT
Virgil Homer says:
I am always indebted to people like you who let us know how real adults think.
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