The Populist Delusion

Neema Parvini

Book - 2022

"The 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump unleashed a wave of populism not seen in America since the Nixon era, which carried him into the presidency. Seen widely as a vindication of the people over elites, his failure to bring about any meaningful change was then seen as an aberration, a departure from a natural state where the people are sovereign and their representatives govern by their consent. This is the populist delusion. This book explodes that delusion. Beginning with the It...alian elite school, Parvini shows the top-down and elite driven nature of politics by explicating one thinker per chapter: Mosca, Pareto, Michels, Schmitt, Jouvenel, Burnham, Francis, and Gottfried. The sobering picture that emerges is that the interests of the people have only ever been advanced by a tightly organized minority. Just as fire drives out fire, so an elite is only ever driven out by another elite. THE Populist Delusion is the remedy for a self-defeating folk politics that has done the people a great disservice." --

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2nd Floor New Shelf 320.5662/Parvini (NEW SHELF) Due Feb 14, 2023
Perth : Imperium Press 2022.
Physical Description
166 pages ; 21 cm
Main Author
Neema Parvini (-)
  • Intro
  • Imperium Press Description
  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Half Title
  • 01
  • Introduction
  • 02
  • The Rulers and the Ruled
  • 03
  • The Circulation of Elites
  • 04
  • The Iron Law of Oligarchy
  • 05
  • Sovereignty, Friends and Enemies
  • 06
  • The High-Low Middle Mechanism
  • 07
  • Managerial Elites
  • 08
  • Elites and Ideology
  • 09
  • The Therapeutic State
  • 10
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography