Why U.S. Populism Flummoxes Progressives

Two faces of American populism
Left: Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-VT) during campaign event in Phoenix, Az.  Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore
Right: Donald Trump during 2016 presidential campaign event.  Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore

American elites  appear to remain both stunned and bewildered by the results of last year’s elections, even after more than a year later. It is unthinkable, as they see it, that so many people should reject the obvious truths the elites proclaim. These are the intelligentsia, and the nation’s leaders in academia, entertainment, news media, business, and politics. How can such a large number of American voters repudiate them?

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