Be consistent or else

Surowiecki writes:

Whereas the economic populism of the eighteen-nineties and the right-wing cultural populism of recent years represented reasonably coherent ideologies, this new populism has stitched together incompatible concerns and goals into one “I’m mad as hell” quilt. The people may have spoken. It’s just not clear that they’re making any sense. …

The anger is understandable, and voters are under no obligation to be consistent. But that doesn’t make the new populism any less of a challenge politically, since, at the moment, voters will find something wrong whatever is done.

This seems like a fake, unmerited apology on behalf of ignorance. If voters are under no obligation to be consistent, then it seems to me that politicians are under no obligation to treat voter preference as the be all and end all of political action. When you give up on making sense, you ought to lose your influence, too.

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