Politics, the rational domain par excellence, is not exempt from very human motivations. Among them the passions that rival and frequently overcome the reasons. That it be so is not illogical but the opposite, since politics is essentially human as necessary, an argument resolved approximately two thousand three hundred years ago by a man named Aristotle, for whom man, read the human being, is zoon politikon. Political animal or civic animal.
Nothing is strange that the complexity of the political process and its desire for order, coexistence and progress among those who cannot live alone but do not know how to live with others, generate impatience that leads to despair or hopelessness. This phenomenon is helped by more than one politician and various competitors such as aspirants, power factors and actors who feel or are effectively underrepresented in the system stir up. Here comes the opportunity for anti-politics that gains influence and gains space with populisms, for which it receives the collaboration, not necessarily intentional, of social networks.
There are populisms of the left, of the right, and often some that mix ingredients of both for convenience. It is not that populist anti-politics is ideological, but neither can it be radically affirmed that it is alien to it.
Prejudice is literally, "action and effect of prejudging" or "prior and tenacious opinion, usually unfavorable, about something that is poorly known." In populist anti-politics, prejudice matters a lot, because it feeds on it and feeds it at convenience.
Ideological, social, nationalistic, racial, cultural, religious prejudices. Examples? The intrinsic goodness or badness of public or private economic action. Superiority or inferiority of a race. Be suspicious of the stranger. Classism, discrimination or confrontation. Militarism or antimilitarism. Fertilizers of friend-enemy dilemmas.
Prejudice clouds your vision of reality, thus severely limiting your understanding. It repudiates diversity as natural and prevents the perception of complexity. Prefers to reduce and simplify. Nothing that is useful for politics that operates in realities and recognizes the diverse and complex in order to try to do its job of balancing, ordering coexistence to development. It can manipulate, but not lead, legislate, or govern. Because power is not exhausted in commanding or projecting, it must serve. If not, it is useless. It is proven.