Populism, Fear of the People and Constituent Power

2018 has continued a trend of movements emerging from the grassroots, representing people claiming to be marginalized, in order to topple what they describe as an untenable status quo. Events such as Brexit and the Trump administration, have brought to light egregious dysfunction of our democratic institutions and judicial systems. They drove wedges between the press, judges and in general anything associated with human rights and the electorate. As a result, those of us inclined to propel those values are trapped between respect for democratic representation and the need to defened entrenched institutions. In the battle to win against populism, an argument in favor of human rights as providing an efficient remedy will be presented; the chance is taken on the large portion of the population that is not as actively involved in politics as populists being informed of the necessity of human rights as a barrier.