Podemos (“we can”) is a newly created party hereabouts, not quite 9 months old. In the recent European elections it came out 3rd, ahead of other parties with many more years of political presence.
It basically arose out of the 15 M movement, a popular “insurgence” against the established parties, with something of a populist rhetoric – anti neoliberal, anti-establishment, based on neighborhood movements and organizations.
On teevee tonight he (Pablo Iglesias, the founder of the movement) was confronted by “journalists”, mostly from the rw press, and (IMO) he ate them raw, chewed them up and spit them out. He’s a college professor (political science), yet he sports a ponytail and a goatee – and when confronted with the usual framed questions, he showed the rw press that he’s in another league.
Iglesias’ warhorse is to go against the “political caste”, what I’ve often described as a “class”. He calls for a liveable wage, a maximum wage, a strengthened equivalent of the IRS in order to apply tax laws to corporations and the wealthy, and that the “revolving door” ceases.
Common sense, in a nutshell.
I don’t know how far these people will go, but a good part of their support comes from those who usually don’t vote. No less than 16% comes from the ruling RW party (the PP), so Podemos a bit of an enigma. It’s like an informed Teaparty of the left with an intellectually sincere basis.