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The Populist Rebellion: Then and Now

The motif of the 2016 presidential election has emerged as one of rebellion against the establishment and the oligarchy that perpetuates it.

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The Manhattan Populist

Trump’s nationalism can be seen as a rebuke of Obama’s tribalism, just as Jackson’s election was a rebuke to Adams’ and later Calhoun’s sectionalism. And Trump’s popularity is an affirmation that many believe that the country is stronger and better off with a decisive, unapologetically nationalist President.