50 Shades of Populism

50 Shades of Populism » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

David Macaray takes on rightwing populism, using John McCain’s friend Joe the Plumber as his foil. Not every American, Macaray suggests, is a nice, personable, humble being authentically committed to hoary American values. Some are scary. Others are scary, greedy and dumb — like Joe the Plumber. What is needed, according to Macaray, a talented and thus uncommon commoner.

Left populism is — ought to be! — about social movements, democratization, public accountability and reasonable communication. There are uncommon commoners who would thrive in that kind of environment. Plumber Joe, Sarah the Barracuda, Barek the Betrayer, etc. would not.

50 Shades of Populism » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Joe has enjoyed his 15 minutes in the spotlight!

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