The voice of the people

The word « populism » is a catch-all word that has always encompassed all our discontents. The Petit Robert tells us that populism is « a political discourse addressed to the popular classes ». And so does this populism, in this new world — which is in fact the old one, but who doesn’t know it yet — have a new face? My answer is clearly « no ». Populism today, in Belgium, does not have 1 new face, it has 12, those who compose the codeco! So here we have 12 faces that for a year have denied the very notion of popular sovereignty to replace it by an elitism that decides in the name of the people what is good for them. Let’s face it, they don’t speak for the people, they speak for their idea of them. It’s very different! « Questioning government decisions, having public debates and holding decision makers accountable » are the pillars of democracy. To decide for the people what they should do and think is an insult and a lie to democracy. The people are free and sovereign individuals, each wit …

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