I had no idea I was a populist!
Truth is, I thought that this website was out in left field. While it is the newest manifestation of populism, it is, nontheless, populism. And populism has certainly been a movement born out of our own Revolution against the Bank of England and has been an angry response to abuses against those who do not have the resources to fight the ruling elite.
Clearly, most politicians are NOT populists. This is a great article which I will quote in part with link because people need to understand the roots of this movement:
"First of all, populism is not a style, nor is it a synonym for "popular outrage." It is a historically grounded political doctrine (and movement) that supports ordinary folks in their ongoing democratic fight against the moneyed elites.
The very essence of populism is its unrelenting focus on breaking the iron grip that big corporations have on our country--including on our economy, government, media, and environment. It is unabashedly a class movement. Try to squeeze Lord Limbaugh into that philosophical suit of clothes! He's just another right-wing, corporate-hugging, silk-tie elitist--an apologist for plutocracy, not a populist.
Fully embracing the egalitarian ideals and rebellious spirit of the American Revolution, populists have always been out to challenge the orthodoxy of the corporate order and to empower workaday Americans so they can control their own economic and political destinies. This approach distinguishes the movement from classic liberalism, which seeks to live in harmony with concentrated corporate power by trying to regulate its excesses.
We're seeing liberalism at work today in Washington's Wall Street bailout. Both parties tell us that AIG, Citigroup, Bank of America, and the rest are "too big to fail," so taxpayers simply "must" rescue the management, stockholders, and bondholders of the financial giants in order to save the system. Populists, on the other hand, note that it is this very system that has caused the failure-so structural reform is required. Let's reorganize the clumsy, inept, ungovernable, and corrupt financial system by ousting those who wrecked it, splitting up its component parts (banking, investment, and insurance), and establishing decentralized, manageable-sized financial institutions operating on the locallycontrolled models of credit unions, co-ops, and community banks."
Populism, as a movement, should stay PEACEFUL,as a testament to it's silent rebellion, and should stay informed as to who to trust and who not to trust. Americans are not very well informed regarding this or perhaps many have resigned themselves to choosing the best of two bad choices. Certainly, from my point of view the most dangerous moneyed elite are the neocons, but that the rest are not to be trusted either: http://www.palinreallysucks.com