Narendra Modi vs Huey Long

A long time ago a graduate student wrote an academic paper that got mildly popular. The student’s Professor called the said student and told him something to the effect of ‘if you write a paper that’s understood by more than 20 people, you haven’t written anything worthwhile‘. That worldview at one end of the spectrum, despite its absolute close-mindedness, seems to now make more sense. Which is explained by the popularity of this person with exaggerated hand gestures in our times and the similarity of gestures to one we’d now dismiss as a populist from 80 years ago. In both cases, the need to connect with a larger audience is specifically at the expense of a smaller audience.

Long was of course assassinated after declaring his intent to run for President during one of his campaign events; many attempts to assassinate him previously had failed.