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From the Ted Talk by Takis S. Pappas: The rise of modern populism

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Modern populists identify themselves as _________ the "will of the people," and they place those interests above the ____________ that protect individual and social rights. Modern populists argue these institutions are run by a self-serving ruling minority, who seek to control the vast majority of ________ common people. As a result, politics is no ______ about seeking compromise and consensus through ________ democratic institutions. Instead, these leaders seek to ________ what they see as a broken system. This means that where a liberal democracy has the utmost respect for institutions like courtrooms, free press, and national constitutions, modern populists disparage any establishment that disagrees with the so-called “common will."

Solution

  1. virtuous
  2. tolerant
  3. institutions
  4. longer
  5. overturn
  6. embodying

Original Text

Modern populists identify themselves as embodying the "will of the people," and they place those interests above the institutions that protect individual and social rights. Modern populists argue these institutions are run by a self-serving ruling minority, who seek to control the vast majority of virtuous common people. As a result, politics is no longer about seeking compromise and consensus through tolerant democratic institutions. Instead, these leaders seek to overturn what they see as a broken system. This means that where a liberal democracy has the utmost respect for institutions like courtrooms, free press, and national constitutions, modern populists disparage any establishment that disagrees with the so-called “common will."

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