Harry Boyte: Information Age Populism
Huffington Post - about 4 years
On November 27, in the midst of arguments about taxes and the debt, another debate took place in Washington. This one involved two political traditions eclipsed in recent years, now stirring again to life: civil society conservatism and progressively-inclined populism, which animated the New Deal, the black freedom movement, and community organizing.
The forum, billed as "Civil Society and the Future of Conservatism," included three Republicans who champion "mediating institutions" such as family, congregations, and businesses: Yuval Levin, recently tagged as a young, leading conservative intellectual by The New York Times columnist David Brooks; seasoned African-American activist Bob Woodson who works with gang members, ex-convicts, and public housing tenants; and Jimmy Kemp, president of the Jack Kemp Foundation.
It also included me, the only non-Republican in the group. Forum organizer William Schambra wanted another point of view. I was joined in advancing populism
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