Populism

LAWilliams%Faculty%MC at athena.manchester.edu LAWilliams%Faculty%MC at athena.manchester.edu
Wed Feb 15 09:12:44 MST 1995


TimW's comment on developing a left-populist appeal is right on target.  We
have to recognize, as have Bowles and Gintis, that liberal discourse does
have some potentially liberatory aspects to it.  In other words, it contains
some cultural or ideological seeds necessary to promote and nurture
collective action on a variety of fronts.

Indeed, in many respects, we have little choice but to approach our political
and economic thinking and acting from within our own culture.  It is no
accident that American radicalism has had a populist, even liberal tinge.  It
is also important to acknowledge one of the signal contributions of New Left
thought; namely, that no matter how radical or Marxist we may be, we still
have to "speak American" if we expect anybody to follow our lead.

Leonard Williams
History & Political Science
Manchester College
North Manchester, IN  46962
e-mail: lawilliams at manchester.edu



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