American Populism: A User’s Guide

Matthew Continetti

Washington Free Beacon | 2018

Donald Trump, Jeffrey Bell, and the future of Reaganism

The key to Jeff’s thought was his understanding of populism. His two books, Populism and Elitism (1992) and The Case for Polarized Politics (2012), are dense treatises. They examine what makes America so different from the rest of the world. They illuminate aspects of American history and politics that most opinion-makers overlook. “Plenty of books offer proposals and policies,” David Brooks wrote in his Wall Street Journal review of Populism and Elitism. “Mr. Bell has given us a way of seeing.”

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