• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 3 comments on Is the Attack on the US Capitol Populism?

  1. Thank you, Mr Barlow, that was an enlightening look at “populism” a word I’ve heard thrown around a lot lately.

    I wonder how the dynamics of populism interact with those of identity?

    Does each identity constitute it’s own “the people” – the rhetoric seems to tend that way.

    Likewise, our ever-deepening, yet ever-narrower Democrat/Republican, left/right, divide puts a separate “the people” on each side.

    Yes, the whole mess seems a little clearer.

    Of course, the framers of the Constitution feared the dangers of Mob Rule, and there really are many checks & balances in our democratoc institutions that make them much less democratic. So populists aren’t paranoid or delusional, in thinking the power of their “the people” is constrained. But, it’s constrained to protect the rights of each individual citizen, whether deemed part of “the people,” excluded by them, or dissenting from their collective will.

    I hope we can preserve that.

  2. This country has a history of feeling jealous of minorities. In the early 1900s, white Americans attacked wealthy African Americans and displaced them. This is nothing new as many people made it out to be. White Americans want their place in the world restored. They are attacking minorities to get back what they lost!

    Watch this;

    Here it comes again!!!

    1. We should not ascribe motives to individuals based upon their race. Using race in this way is nothing more than stereotyping and only drives a wedge between Americans. Instead, we should judge individuals for their actions, not the color of their skin. A very wise Christian man, Martin Luther King, Jr. (a BU alum) preached that character, not skin color, is what matters. Tribalism and stereotyping do not. We Americans hold ourselves to a higher standard. A standard which was forged into our founding documents by our wise (but human) founding fathers: All men/women are created equal and free and endowed our creator at birth with the inalienable right to be judged equally under the law based on our actions. Skin color is irrelevant.

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