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Freedom from Democracy

Progressive Populism and the Rise of Global Corporate Power

Mary Walsh

This article examines what McKnight (2018) refers to as “progressive populism” and argues that the rise of progressive populism in contemporary western democratic societies is directly related to the emergence of neoliberal governance regimes and the rise of global corporate power. Utilizing insights from both scholarly literature and popular commentary it outlines the rising counter assault by global corporations and governments since the 1960s to reverse and impede the increase of democratic rights for previously marginalized sections of many western democratic societies. It is crucial not to dismiss the power of global corporations and the rise of neoliberalism at the expense of the collective security of societies as just another form of elitism attacked by ordinary people. Corporations want freedom from democracy by usurping capitalist economic systems. They represent a disfiguration of representative democratic principles that culminates in paradoxes of liberty that progressive populists are contesting.

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Populism

The Timeline of a Concept

Juan Francisco Fuentes

critical reappraisal of the concept, which they related to McCarthyism and retroactively to the progressive populism of the 1930s. This would have completely disrupted the traditional sense of the concept, though, according to the online sources employed in