Modern populism appears to be the domain of the right. It has turned Europe’s nationalist parties into mass movements and America into the United States of Donald Trump.
For the most part, the left has responded with a rejection of populism as such, doubling down on the rationalist, deliberative principles that have long driven progressive politics.
Chantal Mouffe, one of the world’s leading social theorists, urges a different tack. She calls for the development of a left populism to counter its right-wing/conservative equivalent.
Here, in conversation with the Austrian journalist Robert Misik, she expounds upon her position, as set out in her recent book For a Left Populism.
Chantal Mouffe & Robert Misik
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