Sunday, February 17, 2019

Q&A …

… Mary Beard interview: ‘Feelings of anxiety tend to make you shout very loud,’ says the classicist. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

…  with populism, I think one has to be a bit careful of always saying that’s a bad thing. You can also say populism is democracy and it’s a very elite term. But you can see how, within cultures with very strongly entrenched elites, the populist leader manages to find a way around. And you can see that in Trump’s use of Twitter, [which] has striking similarities with Julius Caesar’s direct appeal to the Roman people.

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