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Empty populists association August 26, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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There’s something entertainingly hypocritical about Nigel Farage campaigning for Donald Trump in the US Presidential Election. Where now all the complaints about Obama commenting on the Brexit referendum, where now the complaints about interfering in the sovereign affairs of a foreign state. And even were he to say, well, they started it, it does – at the least suggests that there’s no matter of any great principle here.

Sure… he says:

“I am being careful,” he added when asked if he supported Trump. “It’s not for me as a foreign politician to say who you should vote for … All I will say is that if you vote for Hillary Clinton, then nothing will change. She represents the very politics that we’ve just broken through the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom.”

But hold on. If you appear at a rally for a politician and say you won’t vote for their opponent then…

But even that pales by comparison with the absurdities of Farage’s appearance this week. For example, as the Guardian notes:

The crowd seemed slightly puzzled by Farage’s appearance on stage. But Trump welcomed Farage warmly, and stood by him as he spoke.
Farage, on stage alongside one of the wealthiest men in the United States, said that Brexit was “for the little people, for the real people”.

It’s an old trick, isn’t it? The Tories have played it, as have the Republicans and other right wing parties. But rarely have we seen the reality behind the rhetoric so nakedly and unashamedly on display.

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1. Starkadder - August 26, 2016

“It’s an old trick, isn’t it? The Tories have played it, as have the Republicans and other right wing parties. But rarely have we seen the reality behind the rhetoric so nakedly and unashamedly on display. ”

Corey Robin calls the trick “Upside-down Populism”:

“Upside-down populism: Get the lower orders to identify with the higher orders, not through deception but through an emphasis on the one experience they share: loss.”

http://coreyrobin.com/2011/10/07/the-new-york-times-review-of-the-reactionary-mind-my-response/

Farage offered an amorphous sense of “control” and pandered to the
ugliest kind of English Patriotism (remember all the UKIP stuff about replacing the EU with the Commonwealth /Empire) to people dislocated by the economic crisis.

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WorldbyStorm - August 26, 2016

That’s a fantastically good analysis Starkadder, thanks for pointing me to it.

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