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Why is populism seen as being negative or bad?

Populism suggests emotion over reason to many. The negative connotation of the term populism respects the dichotomy of emotion vs. reason as it relates to public policy and its effect on political ...
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Why do populists and dictators sometimes lie so ridiculously that it's obvious it's untrue?

This is what is called the 'Big Lie' strategy in politics, coined by Adolf Hitler himself. It is defined as: 'A gross distortion or misrepresentation of the facts, especially when used as a propaganda ...
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Why is populism seen as being negative or bad?

A European perspective: in our part of the world, current populists are often perceived as crossing the line from saying "We are the people" to saying or implying "Only we (and no one else) are the ...
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Why do populists and dictators sometimes lie so ridiculously that it's obvious it's untrue?

Lies that seem obvious to you will be believed by significant numbers of people. The other party likes killing babies. A secret conspiracy of celebrities are drinking children's blood. The earth is ...
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Is there a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK?

The BBC has a great overview of the impact of immigration on the UK. It uses a variety of sources and is in agreement with studies done on the subject. Immigration has been a great benefit to the UK ...
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Why is populism seen as being negative or bad?

Democracy doesn't equal "good" and what people ask for isn't always what is good for them One of the problems about the pejorative use of populism as a bad thing is that it is hard to ...
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Why do populists and dictators sometimes lie so ridiculously that it's obvious it's untrue?

One interesting theory I read a while ago was that a lot of these obvious lies don't bother the liars supporters at all and in fact delight them because they are an insult to their opponents. For ...
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Is there a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK?

There are several broad groups of immigration, for which different approaches are required to ensure maximum benefit to the host country. Refugees / asylum seekers There are absolutely no benefits ...
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Why is populism seen as being negative or bad?

In order to explore the semantics and implications of the word, let's start with the second of Merriam-Webster's definitions of populist: 2 : a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the ...
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How does the alt-right differ from the far-right?

Is there any difference between the far-right and the 'alt-right'? Are these two terms essentially synonymous? To answer your question succinctly, the so-called "alt-right" is "far-...
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Could opposition parties in the Netherlands form a coalition against Geert Wilders?

Yes, there is no limit to the number of parties which work together to form a coalition government in the Netherlands. The fourth Rutte Cabinet before the 2023 election consisted of four parties. ...
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Do far-right parties get a disproportionate amount of media coverage, and why?

Some far-right parties have made it their practice to break social and political norms of their respective country in an attempt to shift the political discourse to the right. (German source) Media ...
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Do far-right parties get a disproportionate amount of media coverage, and why?

For what it's worth it, since you also mentioned populism, a 2018 study abstract: A comparative content analysis of nine thousand stories from fifty-nine news outlets in ten European countries shows ...
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How does a very developed country become permeable to populism?

You list some factoids. Here are some responses Developed people have more to lose from adding people from less developed countries. This is especially true of countries with low inequality, as ...
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What is the opposite of populism?

What is the opposite of populism? Elitism Merriam-Webster's definition of populist (1): 2) a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people So the opposite would be a non-...
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What is the opposite of populism?

One contender is technocratic, as in technocratic left. A technocracy is characterized by expert leadership, which values long-term well-being of the country over short-term popularity. If you ...
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Why is populism seen as being negative or bad?

A perennial issue with democracy is that there is a mental gap between "making a decision" and "being accountable for a decision". For example, the public votes for a significant reduction to public ...
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How does the alt-right differ from the far-right?

You say In my view, the term 'alt-right' is almost a euphemism to legitimize an extreme right-wing ideology which only a few years ago would have been entirely outside the bounds of reasonable ...
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Could opposition parties in the Netherlands form a coalition against Geert Wilders?

According to Euronews, typically the "shaper" has been someone (I guess most common the leader) of the party that won the largest number of seats. So, making a coalition starting with a ...
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Is there a benefit to limiting immigration to the UK?

Framing the question here is very important. Certainly studies have been done, and I'm sure you'll see a lot of answers that include them. However, what you're asking and the statement made from the ...
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Why do populists and dictators sometimes lie so ridiculously that it's obvious it's untrue?

A populist leader (by definition) achieves power by manipulating and leveraging the emotions of some segment of society. Policy is secondary; facts are at best tangential. What matters to a populist ...
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Why do moderate parties and their leaders fail?

On a generic enough level, they fail because they: Aren't any better than non-moderates at fixing problems Are worse than non-moderates at selling the promise that they will fix problems Often, are ...
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Why do populists and dictators sometimes lie so ridiculously that it's obvious it's untrue?

One of the premises for this question is shaky -- we needn't presume that if a politician says something ridiculously false, that it must be a lie. Quite a lot of the beliefs of humanity throughout ...
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What connects successful enterpreneurs and populism?

What connects them seems to be some obvious (even to non-academic-politologists) facts. One of the most obvious is the trust in institutions: As per FiveThirtyEght (originally sourced from Gallup), ...
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Why is populism seen as being negative or bad?

There are already many good answers here. Despite the existence of an accepted answer with many upvotes, I want to try to provide a comprehensive outline of the topic through the history of political ...
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Why is populism seen as being negative or bad?

Democracy is not an end in itself, it is a means to an aspiration (e.g. life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness). There is legitimacy in elected legislatures and governments because they ...
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Can "Anti-establishment" be considered a coherent political movement?

Anti-Establishment movements define themselves by two things. The first is that they don't have any strong connections to existing politicians. This allows them to appeal to voters who distrust career ...
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What is the opposite of populism?

I think Sjoerd's suggestion of elitist is the literally correct answer, but we can try to make it more specific, by asking which elite this refers to. One possible answer (given by MSalters) is that ...
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Can "Anti-establishment" be considered a coherent political movement?

No way. Wiktionary defines "the Establishment" as the ruling class or authority group in society; especially, an entrenched authority dedicated to preserving the status quo. Given that definition, ...
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