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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The problem with populism | Cas Mudde | Comment is free | The Guardian

Europe’s populists: left or right, they are united by a worrying xenophobia

The problem with populism | Cas Mudde | Comment is free | The Guardian

Laclau is the intellectual figurehead for Syriza
“Rationality belongs to the individual,” Laclau writes, characterising the anti-populist thesis, and when the individual takes part in a crowd or a mass movement they are subject to the most criminal or beastly elements of that group and undergo a “biological retrogression” to a less enlightened state of being.
Gustave Le Bon : "The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. "


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