Pope’s Populist Views – Pope Francis has warned against the dangerous effect of the gradual rise of populism in international and national leaderships.
According to the Holy Father, the more populist tendencies we have in the world, the more chances there are in breeding another Adolf Hitler who brutally terrorized the entire world and has never been forgotten in history for doing so.
So What is Populism?
Populism ideally should be a leadership style that intends to directly represent the interest of the subdued masses. As the name implies, Populism is obtained from the Latin word “Populus” which means people.
Populism is an offshoot of democracy if governance goes unchecked. It is a revolutionary political philosophy and leadership style that intends to address inequality between the ordinary people and the elites.
The “left-wing” tendency as fondly referred to often points to a supposedly existing imbalance, usually financial among the people. It emerges when the ruling class fail in governance.
Both leadership styles however recognise the rights and sovereignty of the citizens.
“Many observers have noted that populism is inherent to representative democracy; after all, do populists not juxtapose ‘the pure people’ against ‘the corrupt elite’?”
– Cas Mudde, Political scientist.
Populists are usually chauvinists (Nationalists) who care less about “political correctness,”
Perhaps they are diplomatic in their own way but largely employ “quick” and “simple” strategies in addressing political and administrative matters. History has shown that overtime, these easy solutions become unrealistic and unachievable.
Political inexperience then makes more mess of the situation.
Populists are known for their promises and nationalist ideologies.
It is worthy to mention that mischievous leaders may take advantage of the hurting masses by adopting the populist system in winning them over.
Pro-Populist leaders while promising to defend the interest of the masses, they may also harbour the intention of favouring the elites whom he is supposed to embattle for the sake of the “common People.”
Unfortunately, when these promises are not met with, violence erupts. Failed populism often leads to radical populism and radical populism to violence.
Drawing his warning from present day populist tendencies across Europe and the United States, the Pope’s Populist Views was buttressed with the Hitler 1933 saga.
Pope Francis had this to say:
“Crises provoke fear, alarm. In my opinion, the most obvious example of European populism is Germany in 1933.
“Germany is broken, it needs to get up, to find its identity, a leader, someone capable of restoring its character, and there is a young man named Adolf Hitler who says: “I can, I can”.
“And all Germans vote for Hitler. Hitler didn’t steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people.”