The Rise of Extremism—Populism, Nationalism, and The Fall of Institutions

In this episode, Keith and Remington discuss the rise of extremism and related movements such as populism and nationalism. They dispel the notion that most of today’s extremist movements are all right wing, and even challenge the idea that extremism is always bad. America, after all, was founded by revolutionary extremists who used violence to advance their political ideology.

They home in on populism and nationalism as two often-extreme movements that, in many ways, transcend party lines. In wrestling with the definition, history, and significance of these movements, our hosts acknowledge that the fundamental flaws in our prevailing social and economic institutions are fueling the rise of extremes on both the right and the left, calling into question the authority of traditional institutions and creating emotional focal points for people to unite behind.

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