Dr. James Roumasset
Professor of Economics Emeritus
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Principled Populism: The Road from Disruption to Cooperation
Getting from division to cooperation requires making the best out of divergent ideologies. Right wing populism seeks to boost the middle class through nativism while left-wing populists seek redistribution. Both are perceived to be protectionist. Both also see rent-seeking as the root of evil, but of very different types. Before finding fault with either philosophy, I attempt to put the best face on each, in the spirit of Charles Krauthammer and Andrew Natios. Finally, I will suggest how modest revisions in both views can promote greater domestic and international cooperation.