From the May issue of Standpoint
The Latin for the people – populus – has produced two words we foolishly treat as synonyms. A “populist” believes, or affects to believe for the purposes of career advantage, that wisdom resides in crowds. To populists, challenging the audience by questioning its assumptions and knowledge is an elitist assault on the sensibilities of the masses. It is a threat both to business and the comforting post-modern doctrine that all ideas are equally valid.