I’m not sure if any word has been used as frequently as “populism” in regard to politics this year. Politicians, experts, media outlets and everyone in between have been using “populism” to describe the recent and frequently unnerving political volatility around the world.
I've been a columnist for three semesters, expounding upon nearly every substantive opinion I've had over that time and putting it to words. It has made me challenge every thought and better articulate why I believe in the causes that I support and, sometimes, want to fight for.
I am sitting here writing this column, and in another tab of my nifty web browser, the New York Knicks are playing. I am alone, hunkered down in my basement as wet muck falls from the sky outside. Nobody wants to watch sports with me.
You wouldn’t trust a football quarterback to perform neurosurgery, and we shouldn’t trust a neurosurgeon to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But unfortunately, President-elect Donald Trump does.
President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric outflanked the Democrats in one crucial aspect this year: the idea of populism.
With the hate crime reports and white supremacist fliers that have spread throughout campus this year, it is important that we as a university further address how to be a proactive bystander in problematic situations where racist language is spewed and racially charged aggressions are committed.
Freedom of the press, freedom of speech and the freedom of assembly — the foundation of American democracy is in the First Amendment.