Populism is nothing more than one’s tribalistic impulse on full burn — my family, my religion, my race, my country and my flag. All the rest are evil scoundrels. It is a clear sign of a lack of intellectual depth and broard perspective. In other words it represents an unrefined ego, that which especially hates democracy for those others.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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