- the political philosophy of the People's party.
- (lowercase) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.
- (lowercase) grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism.
- (lowercase) representation or extolling of the common person, the working class, the underdog, etc.: populism in the arts.
Origin of Populism
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Examples from the Web for populism
In addition to his temperamental aversion to populism, Roosevelt also had a practical reason to be cautious.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
This populism has left little room for Hamdeen Sabahi, the only other candidate in the election.Egypt Prepares to Anoint a Dictator and Call it an Election
May 21, 2014
Popularity is taking its rightful place in the great American tradition of populism.Welcome to Showbiz Sharia Law
P. J. O’Rourke
May 4, 2014
Polls show strong public support for many of the ideas that make up this populism.More Republican Crumbs for the Middle Class
January 31, 2014
That might leave some liberal ideologues cold, but it is a populism that produces results.Hillary Clinton’s Own Populist Path
December 18, 2013
In the days of Populism they were more open-minded than the Americans.The Old World in the New
Edward Alsworth Ross
Armies and navies hold back the waves of populism and democracy.
During the past year the great political change from Republicanism to Populism had taken place in Kansas.
At one edge is the Populism of the prairies; at the other, the capitalism that is typified in Pittsburgh.
The individualism of the Kentucky pioneer of 1796 was giving way to the Populism of the Kansas pioneer of 1896.
- a political strategy based on a calculated appeal to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people
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Word Origin and History for populism
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