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“Populism” and the Significance of Left and Right

In the United States, the Populist tradition has always defined left-wing and egalitarian politics, unfairly maligned by bosses and intellectuals alike.

Norberto Bobbio’s thoughtful little book, Left and Right: The Significance of a Political Distinction, centers on the question of equality in human relationships. The Left, in all its forms, tends to strive for equality and to seek egalitarian responses to social questions. The Right, by contrast, tends to see inequalities as a positive good and […]

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