Populism and Third-Worldism

Hugo Chavez was a populist at home and a third-worldist abroad.

The two go together. Third-worldism is populism at the international level.

Populist rhetoric is about the people versus the elites. Third-worldist rhetoric is about the third world versus the first.

Populism has left- and right-wing variants. So does third-worldism. Chavez and Ahmedinejad came together a third-worldists. Chavez was a leftist, Ahmedinejad a religious fundamentalist.

Populism is vague about actual policy. So is third-worldism.

Populist talk is entirely compatible with authoritarian practice. Third-worldism is not only compatible, but often a cover for, authoritarianism.

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