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athgarvan

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

"No one says NO to a million on the street".

But who are "the people" the slogan wants to give power to?

Is this slogan not mere populism  -  appearing to empathize with the public through rhetoric or unrealistic proposals in order to increase appeal across the political or ethical spectrum.

Surely ‘the people’ refers to a mythical category?

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here in the USA "the people" has a lot of meaning for us

our constitution starts
"We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union..."
It's our founding document
our government belongs to us - all of us
and then Lincoln gave us the other words we try to live by
"government of the people, by the people, for the people"

we don't always get it right
but those words tell us we have to keep trying
ultimately, it's not "mere populism"
but a pledge to understand who we are as a nation and what our government must be and do
Just asking. To me the slogan is very wooly most of the time.