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Fear of a Populist Planet
“Populism” is today employed as a bogeyman by liberals and centrists alike. Is there anything worth salvaging in the concept?
Winning the Battle, Not the War
Pink Tide populism was built in the context of two decades of deindustrialization and industrial fragmentation. But we need a socialist left that can reverse those very trends.
Friends & Foes
Adam McKay Is Mad as Hell
From Will Ferrell comedies to The Big Short, Vice, and Succession, Hollywood’s greatest populist is taking aim at oligarchy — from the hard left.
on the politics of professional-class anxiety
In a 2020 campaign against Donald Trump, a bet on Elizabeth Warren is a risky wager on its own terms. But over the next twenty years, a turn toward progressive technocracy is not a bet at all — it’s an unconditional surrender to class dealignment.
Into the Void
Over the past 40 years, working-class parties have slid rightward toward neoliberalism and workers have increasingly dropped out of the political process.
Uneven & Combined
The Geography of Resentment
Deindustrialized areas that were once bastions of working-class politics are now playgrounds of the revanchist right.
The Right-Populist Advance
Throughout Europe, right-wing populists captured voters from the collapsing center-left, winning legislative seats at home and in the European Parliament.
Too often just a term of abuse, some academics have attempted coherent definitions of populism.
Rallying behind “free enterprise” mythology, American capitalists have long claimed to be gritty underdogs facing off against a rising statism.
“Populism” and the Significance of Left and Right
In the United States, the Populist tradition has always defined left-wing and egalitarian politics, unfairly maligned by bosses and intellectuals alike.
Halfway Between Jefferson and Marx
A close look at the 1892 Omaha Platform, the program of the Populist Party.
At Age 83, Ken Loach Is Still Dangerous
After years in the wilderness, first with Thatcherism, then with New Labour, both the Left and British director Ken Loach are just hitting their prime.
The Little Man on the Big Screen
Everyone knows Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, but it was director Preston Sturges who captured the volatile reality of success, failure, and the American dream.
Bass & Superstructure
A Forgotten Country
Country music doesn’t deserve its right-wing reputation — its roots lie with the hopes and travails of working people.
I Want My BBC
British television has increasingly become an arm of the Conservative Party — yet many on the Left nostalgically remember an earlier, more open media landscape. Was the BBC ever ours?
We Bet the House on Left Populism — and Lost
Four years ago, we celebrated Europe’s left-populist push. Now we have to look seriously at how little was accomplished and what might have been lost.
The Iowa State Fair is a depraved showcase of how vacuous and pointless US politics is today.
The Worst Estate
Is Bernie “Trumpian”?
Only to frightened elites.
The Preppy Populist
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has transformed himself from bow-tied libertarian to economic populist. But his hostility to the politics of solidarity remains intact.
The Left Is Back (Sort Of)
But we’re nothing without our universal subject — the international working class.
Why Aufstehen Failed
After drawing a flurry of attention last fall, Sahra Wagenknecht’s Aufstehen movement has run out of steam. Yet its call for the German left to reconnect with working-class voters remains unanswered — and is the far right is taking advantage.
Means & Ends
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