Neo-Populism?

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Fri Feb 10 11:37:15 MST 1995


On Fri, 10 Feb 1995, Jon Beasley-Murray wrote:

> In the discussion of populism we've managed to produce lengthy but fairly
> abstruse discussions of the Russian peasantry or Peronism....
>
> I suspect that populism is the articulation of a class politics
> subordinated to a larger unity (or totality).  The conditions of its
> success are the decay of a previous totalizing construct (which may well
> have been able to negate class difference) and its ability to produce a
> class fraction that materially can benefit from the shift, which it may
> well later pass for universal.
>
Louis Proyect:
Gee, Jon, thanks for helping to point the path away from abstruseness....


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