Sunday, July 14, 2019

A Brief Question On Populism Using Illegal Immigration As An Example

Here’s something that’s crossed my mind lately: given a certain definition of populism, say along the lines of ...a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups...why is it an objectionable notion?

Given this definition, does the critique of it at bottom come to “my values are superior to yours”?

Take illegal immigration for example, where populism seems to want to insist on, among other things, sovereignty, border enforcement, proaction on illegal immigration and balancing the demands of national interests as against refugee humanitarianism by putting limits on the latter. 

Isn’t illegal immigration an example, where these latter emphases are assimilated negatively to “populism,” of the strident or self righteous assertion of the superiority of the critics’ values?

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