Why Populism serves oligarchs

MADUNG, Otto Gusti Ndegong (2019) Why Populism serves oligarchs. The Jakarta Post. p. 4.

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This social discrepancy can shake our unity as a nation if politics cannot find the best solution to establish social justice and welfare for all. Otherwise, the social gap keeps strengthening identity politics and right-wing populism. Unlike in Latin America, where populism emerged as an antagonistic power to the oligarchy, populism in Indonesia cannot fight oligarchy because of the absence of either liberalism (a struggle for civil and political rights) or a leftist movement (a struggle for social justice and fairness) in its democratic traditions. In this situation, populism creates a war of identity politics steered by the oligarchs. Therefore, populism does not have an emancipatory force, but is instrumentalized to perpetuate oligarchic power.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Divisions: Program Studi Ilmu Filsafat
Depositing User: Mr Otto Gusti Ndegong Madung
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2020 01:19
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2020 01:19
URI: http://repository.stfkledalero.ac.id/id/eprint/441

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