Folk Opposition by Alex Niven

By Alex Niven

For David Cameron and ‘Big Society’ Tories, people tradition capability natural meals, nu-folk pop track, and pastoral myths of Englishness. in the meantime, postmodern liberal tradition teaches us that conversing a few singular ‘folk’ is reductive at top, neo-fascist at worst. yet what's being held in cost by way of this consensus opposed to the opportunity of a unified, oppositional, populist identification taking root in smooth Britain? people competition explores a renewed modern divide among rulers and governed, among a robust elite and a disempowered population. utilizing a chain of examples, from folks track to soccer supporters’ trusts, from Raoul Moat to Ridley Scott, it argues that anti-establishment populism continues to be a strong strength in British tradition, saying that the left needs to recapture this cultural territory from the some distance correct and start to rebuild democratic illustration from the ground up.

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21 Among his correspondents were the leading abolitionists of America and England, including Theodore Dwight Weld, to whom he wrote in 1859: “We are fighting the same sacred battle for freedom and the emancipation of the oppressed,—you, Sir, against negro, we against white slavery. ”22 Giuseppe Garibaldi, the man of action to Mazzini’s man of ideas, spent his lifetime in Italy, South America, the United States, and France either fighting wars of liberation against tyrants, kings, and clergy or in exile from those enemies.

16 By this time, the celebration of the Fourth of July had settled into a predictable script followed by small towns in every corner of the nation. It was, above all, a public event organized and performed on the local level, within a community that was very real. Though the typical celebration was far less elaborate than the Philadelphia extravaganza described above, it involved a large array of citizens, male and female, adults and children, whether they took part in the public procession or simply watched.

The United States is not so young and innocent; in fact, it is the oldest among modern democratic nations. 12 What might well have become the “former United States of America” became in the late 1860s a scarred and grizzled veteran of nationalism and its discontents. The revolutionary origins of America, its history of civil war and reconciliation, offer many examples—often unhappy ones—of the challenge of making nations out of diverse peoples and the terrible cost of failure. For many nations of the world the American past would become their future.

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