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Populism is good for democracy

Populism brings greater representation and the will of the people

Context

Populist policies are about engaging people who felt left behind and cut off from politics. They are about mass appeal to large groups of people.

The Argument

Democracy is dominated by elites. Many of the central parties in democracies do not represent the views and ideals of large amounts of population. When they went to the voting booth there was no one to speak for them; for their values and anxieties. Populism recognised that there was a need being unfulfilled. The popularity of these parties and politicians shows there was a hunger for this type of politics. Elite consensus has held for decades that these views were not viable or sensible, and so they were ignored by the mainstream. The fact that these views have gained so much shows that they existed but simply not represented. In a democratic world, representation of views is something we should value. Whether or not we agree with them, they should be openly discussed and valued. Everyone has an equal right to vote and be represented, and the fact that a few elites disagree with them is no reason to regret that.

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Premises

People's views should be represented in a democracy. Populism represents views of people. These views were not being represented.

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