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The Big Picture

Populist Grains of Truth

The politics that has upended Western democracies in recent years has appeared before, on both the left and the right. The sooner policymakers understand that it is a virulent response to legitimate grievances such as inequality, unemployment, and economic insecurity, the more likely they will be to offer solutions that undercut populists’ appeal.

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