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Definitions of neo-populism[edit]

Does neo-populism really have to combine elements of the right and left wing? This article makes it out like only free marketeers can be neo-populists, and I'm not so sure that's true. It's certainly possible for a socialist to denounce the "political class," refuse to work with political parties, and rely on mass support, which are elements of neo-populism, are they not? --Descendall 05:55, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

Defense of against misleading statements and misinformation in definition

As reported by, the Wikipedia definition of "neopopulism" is up for grabs. has taken a great interest in the definition. Erick Kaardal and Tom Dahlberg are working on an article to submit. The outine of the article has been posted previously on the website.

Now, there is a new controversy which involves The Wikipedia definition for now includes misleading statements and misinformation about

Neo-populism or Neopopulism, also known as media populism or new populism, is a cultural and political movement emergent in the early 21st century, especially in Latin American countries. It is distinct from 20th century populism in that it radically combines, or perhaps redefines, classically opposed left-right political attitudes and incorporates various new electronic media as a means of popular dissemination. In Latin America, this shift has been evidenced by various cross-pollinations of authoritarian or centralized government, populist rhetorical strategies, and, paradoxically, free market economics. In the US, this group is a proving ground for ultra right wing reactionaries who beleive in hand guns for all and the defeat of the public school system. (Emphasis and underline added.)

Erick Kaardal comments, " has always had critics left and right. At work, I have an ideologically libertarian author who tells me neopopulists are socialists everyday. Now, neopopulists take a shot from the ideological left. The ideological left accuses us of being a proving ground for ultra right wing reactionaries who believe in hand guns for all and defeat of the public school system. No, Wikipedia has it wrong. Neopopulism is non-ideological and non-partisan. We don't expect neopopulists to agree on anything including abortion, gay marriage, immigration, etc. What we do expect is neopopulists to think critically of our government -- something the left and right haven't done in this country for a long time."

--Kaardal, 8:39 a.m., 21 January 2009 (UTC)


Hey all, I made some small changes to add internal wikipedia links and such. Maybe someone with more experience can look over the article and determine if the quality standards banner needs to be removed.

Kni7es (talk) 16:06, 31 March 2010 (UTC)