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Why the United States Is Not Going Down the Populist Path

Populists are on the rise in the United States. A year ago, the thought of Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders having any degree of success at the voting booths would elicit laughs at parties in Washington.

Trump placed second in the Iowa caucus and Sanders nearly tied Hillary Clinton in votes. Outright populists, left or right, might actually win the presidency. The last time that happened was Woodrow Wilson’s reelection in 1916.

For the last century Americans have been insulated from the populist waves that rocked the world. America never saw socialism of the sort that ruled nearly every other country on Earth at some point in the 20th century.

Read the rest on the PanAm Post, here.

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Libertarians Need to Get Real

Rand Paul is no longer a viable presidential candidate.

The man has faltered at every turn, despite inheriting one of the most powerful anti-establishment donor and activist networks built in the modern era. Long seen as harbinger of a “Libertarian Moment,” as the New York Times famously called it, he has run only to find barely a populist leg to stand on.

There has not been, nor will there ever be, any kind of libertarian populism in our lifetimes. This is the premise of my former boss Jerry Taylor’s piece, published over at Fox News on Friday.

Read the rest on the PanAm Post here.

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Populism and skepticism underlie Clinton’s economic agenda

There is little that can win candidates easier points in American politics than lashing out against big financial firms that caused the crisis of 2008, or decrying the existence of income inequality reducing the standard of living for middle class American families. Hillary Clinton, in her first major economic address on Monday, managed to hit both points, but her track record and speech demonstrates that she is really interested in addressing neither, and certainly not with free market goals.

One of the larger areas of economic growth in the United States over the last year has been the sharing economy. It has bolstered and supplemented lower and middle class incomes commensurate with stagnation in real middle class purchasing power‑the scheme is as complicated as a modern free market responding to demand for cheap good and a willingness to supply them. Specifically, Uber has raised the standards of living for thousands of drivers throughout the United States, many of whom make more than traditional cabbies and work shorter hours‑this has been reported in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post to name a few outlets. Presidential-hopeful Clinton will “work with every possible partner to turn the tide” against the new “‘on demand’ or so-called ‘gig economy.’”

Read the rest on CapX here.