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Alfred Cardone

King's College, London
Doctoral Student
My research focuses on three essential questions: what is "populism," how does one define the Tea Party and Occupy organizations, and how are they all related? Concerning "populism," I argue that a dichotomy exists regarding how this label is conceived today that appeared after the emergence of the Populist Movement of the late nineteenth century. For the Tea Party and Occupy organizations, I maintain that they are more complex than many originally imagined and do not conform to the general anti-government and anti-capitalist activism respectively applied to them. To conclude, I postulate that the elements within the Tea Party and Occupy organizations have inherited the role of the Populist Movement and are developing a new way to view populism in America.