American Populism

Italian Referendum Fails, Prime Minister Resigns

Today, Italy’s political future has been thrown into uncertainty as Italian voters rejected a referendum that would have drastically reduced the size of Italy’s upper legislative house, the Senato, from 315 seats to 100. The referendum was spearheaded by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, would sought to weaken the Senato in an effort to end political gridlock by … Read more…

Austrian Voters Reject Far-Right Populist

Austrian voters rejected populism today in their presidential election “re-run”, with far-right candidate Norbert Hofer conceding defeat to the presumptive victor, Alexander Van der Bellen. While the official results have not confirmed Van der Bellen’s victory, exit polls suggest that he will secure a decisive victory. While he ran as an Independent, Alexander Van der Bellen is the … Read more…

Established Insiders Can Get the Job Done.

“She’s an established Washington insider”. I recently noticed a Facebook comment criticizing Congresswoman Barbara Comstock on a friend’s Facebook post that nicely reflects the problem with American populism. By referencing Comstock’s length of public service, this person quickly assumed that her connections and relationships in Washington automatically make her out-of-touch with her constituents. The tea-party movement had … Read more…