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“The People Yes!” This sums up my trust in people’s collective wisdom, resourcefulness, and ability to overcome defeats and what can be paralyzing cynicism. “Together, We Are Strong!” embodies my faith thatthough they may struggle to do sothey’ll triumph over forces wanting to fool them with misinformation, divide them with prejudice, dominate their workplaces, and wrest power from communities seeking to control their own affairs. I recognize their hard work and promote their continuing education. Like Jefferson, I see common people as “the most honest and safe depository of the public interests.”

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a club WV Theme...

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the theme is paired with:  #20A   Elitism  to make Choice #30    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 1.0  version 2.0    version 3.0         is this theme new to version 4?--NO

note: Word "Idealistic" added to title for version 5

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch #54, posted 9/28/2017 Russian and Greedy Individual Threats to American Democracy  Worldview Watch issue #48, posted 3/04/2016 How what Trump is saying resonates with the worldview of those who vote for him             (phoney populism!)
Worldview Watch #40, posted 9/28/2014 "Scotland, the UK and Independence Referendums" Worldview Watch #38, posted 5/16/2014 "Connecting September 11, 2001 to Worldview Themes"
Worldview Watch #34: Inequality in America Worldview Watch #30: Women's Rights, Hierarchical Rigidity, Egalitarian Progressivism
Worldview Watch #3: Populism vs. Elitism  

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

left-wing populism Populism   right wing populist perspective
Labor Union participatory democracy appeal to emotion 
labor community based organizations community organizing
  mob leader arouses common people against the elite: demagogue Grass Roots Democracy   

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #19B Corporate Capitalism   #20B Authoritarian Followers #22B Imperialism  
#34 Valuing Traditions and Status Quo    #36A Cynicism #43   Seeking Wealth & Power   #50A Libertarian   
#103A Individual Glory    #203A Hierarchical Rigidity    

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #21A: Idealistic Populism

Progressive Populist (twice monthly journal) and its online version
Populist views play a role in opinions of the news media in Western Europe by Amy Mitchell, etal (Pew Research May 2018 report)
Democracy and Populism: Fear and Hatred  by John Lukacs (review of book from Yale University Press)
Twenty First Century Populism, ed. D. Albertazzi and D. McDonnell (2007 book offers European perspective)
Recent American Literature on Populism
Why Democrats Must Be Populists

Community Organizing: People Power from the Grassroots by D. Beckwith, C. Lopez (online pamphlet)

Criticism of Conspiracism, by Chip Berlet  (subtitled Conspiracism and Right Wing Populism)
"Jim Hightower--America's #1 Populist"
Common Cause (the organization)
Center for the Study of Democracy
Democracy and Trust, ed. Mark Warren
The right-wing scammers who paved the way for Trump  by Zack Beauchamp (report from VOX April 6 2024)
Extrinsic and Intrinsic values and Trump by George Monbiot (from The Guardian Jan 29 2024)
"How Does Business Fare Under Populism?" by Rachel Kleinfeld (report from Carnegie Endowment June 13 2023)
"Why the Populist Right Hates Universities" by Michael Ignatieff (from The Atlantic August 6 2023)
Ivy League Populism (report from The Economist November 6 2021)
"We Might Have Reached Peak Populism" by Yascha Mounk (in The Atlantic July 2021)
The Twilight of Democracy by Anne Applebaum  (book about populism and democracy, review from The Economist July 11 2020  )
“Rethinking Capitalism: Free But Fair and an Answer to the Allure of Populism"  (related book reviews from The Economist June 13 2020)

"Democracy Versus Kleptocracy" (report re: Ukraine as contested frontier in a grand ideological struggle in The Atlantic Sept 25 2019)

Review of Two Books on Populism, Identity, and Resentment (from The Economist August 25 2018)
"Populist views, more than left-right identity, play a role in opinions of the news media in Western Europe" by Amy Mitchell etal (2018 multi-author article)
"What Populists Do to Democracies" by Yascha Mounk (Dec 26 2018 article from The Atlantic)
“Canadian Politics: A Different Kind of Populism” (article in The Economist April 21 2018)
“European Populism-A Dangerous Waltz” (article from The Economist Feb 3 2018)
"Essay: Nationalism Vladimir's Choice" (connects nationalism with populism from The Economist Dec 19 2017)
"The Rise and Fall of Leftist Populism in Germany" By Paul Hockenos (from The Atlantic Sept 11 2017)
"Populism Goes Global: The Wave to Come" by Ian Bremmer (article in Time May 22 2017)
Populism and Social Media: Twitter Harvest (article from The Economist March 4 2017)
Watchdog group: Populist leaders usually lead to more corruption (report in Chicago Tribune Jan 25 2017)
Populists Set Europe's Pace (report from The Economist November 26 2016)
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (book review from The Economist August 13 2016)
"The Politics of Anger" (oped article about Breexit from The Economist July 2 2016)
“Nativism and Economic Anxiety Fuel Trump’s Populist Appeal” (opinion of  Michael Lind as reported on NPR Sep 4 2015)
"Will Phony Populists Hijack the Fight Against Inequality?" by Zoe Carpenter (excerpt from article in The Nation April 21 2014)
"Time for a Populist Revival" by Jim Hightower (article in The Nation Mar 24 2014)
"Plutocrats vs. Populists" by Chrystia Freeland (November 1 2013 opinion piece in The NY Times)
"The New Insurgents" by Robert Borosage (article about left wing populism from The Nation October 21 2013)
"Trade Unions: New Labour, alt-Labour" (article in The Economist Sep 14 2013)
We The People Amendment (Move to Amend's Proposed 28th Amendment to US Constitution)
"Demagogy Isn't Populism" (Oct 15 2010 editorial from The Progressive Populist)
"How to Fight the Tea Party's Faux Populism by Sherrod Brown" (Oct 2010 USA Today opinion piece) 
"What's Behind the New Populism?" by Liz Halloran  (Feb 2010  story posted on NPR )
Democracy in the Workplace, by Traci Fenton (Aug 2006 article from CSM)
"Why a Right Winger Can't be a Populist" by Max Sawicky (Apr 15 2003 article from The Progressive Populist)
The Thunder of Populist Democracy, by Alexis Maislen
The Populist Moment and The Populist Persuasion (reviews of these two books on site)
The Populism Project (from Norway)
The Wizard of Oz as a parable on populism
The Populist Poems of Carl Sandburg (NPR program link)
The Human Condition, by Kenneth Collier (2007 essay from UU perspective) 
quotes related to populism
quotes related to trust
quotes related to solidarity

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.