Popular Terms
In general, ideology or political movement that mobilizes the population (often, but not always, the lower classes) against an institution or government, usually in the defense of the underdog or the wronged. Whether of left, right, or middle political persuasion, it seeks to unite the uncorrupt and the unsophisticated (the 'little man') against the corrupt dominant elites (usually the orthodox politicians) and their camp followers (usually the rich and the intellectuals). It is guided by the belief that political and social goals are best achieved by the direct actions of the masses. Although it comes into being where mainstream political institutions fail to deliver, there is no identifiable economic or social set of conditions that give rise to it, and it is not confined to any particular social class.

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The French Revolution against the monarchy was an act of populism, the French citizens saw great injustice and came together as a group to fight against the King.
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Nobody says 'no' to a million people in the streets as Dr. Martin Luther King showed us and this is an example of populism.
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If you think a company is being unjust you can try to use an approach based on populism to get others to turn against it.
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