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Michael Kazin
THE OLD TRADITION OF POPULISM


23 2011
In the United States there is a spe cial tradition of both antielite moods and a populism that is related to them. There are different kinds of populism, if you will, which can very broadly be described as left and right. Left pop ulism and left populists, for instance, tend to be very suspicious of the cor porate elite and, of course, they can be very suspicious of the political elite, especially if the political elite is in favor of stronger power and a stronger government, the way Obama and his fellow democrats are perceived as being.