Populism

The French philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy in Paris on Nov. 24, 1986.

It’s Time to Take Bernard-Henri Lévy Seriously

A close reading of the philosophical career, and influence, of France’s most ridiculed public intellectual.

Sen. Vito Crimi speaks at Quirinal Palace.

Has Italy’s Five Star Movement Given Up on Populism?

The anti-establishment bad boys of years past are changing their stripes—maybe.

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party leader, Keir Starmer, delivers a virtual speech on his party’s vision for the country’s economic future at Labour headquarters in central London on Feb. 18.

Labour’s Dangerous Drift to the Right

Trying to rebound after painful losses, the British party appears to be courting conservative and white voters—and losing its core principles in the process.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory in Washington on Jan. 6.

How to Live With Authoritarians

Democracies have to learn how to manage some people’s innate fears of change.

Jürgen Habermas

Why Jürgen Habermas Disappeared

The German philosopher was one of the 20th century’s most influential public intellectuals. But 21st-century politics has cut him adrift.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a press conference at the end of a European People’s Party meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 20, 2019.

How the European Parliament Entrenched the Region’s Autocrats

European parties were supposed to create a European democracy. Instead, they’ve given cover to bad actors.

Mario Draghi arrives to give a speech after a meeting with the Italian president, at the Quirinal palace in Rome, on Feb. 3, 2021.

Italy’s Politics of Purgatory Won’t End Well

Mario Draghi’s arrival as prime minister will only make his country’s political problems even worse.

André Ventura, the leader of Chega, delivers a speech in Lisbon on Jan. 24.

Was Portugal’s Election a Breakthrough for the Far-Right?

The incumbent president won in a landslide, but a populist right-wing candidate raised eyebrows in a country that has so far avoided extremes.

Revelers celebrate news of Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president in Washington on Nov. 7, 2020.

Biden’s Bold Gamble on Immigration Is About America’s Future

Failed immigration reform gave rise to Trumpism. Success could finally cool the debate.

A woman walks past a mural of iron ore miners in Algrange, France, on Feb. 14, 2017.

How to (Finally) Defeat Populism

Rust Belts exist around the world, and integrating them into the larger trans-Atlantic community is key to political stability.

Supporters of then presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro gather at Copacabana beach during a "Women for Bolsonaro" demonstration in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 29, 2018.

The Feminine Appeal of Macho Populism

Donald Trump isn’t the only right-wing populist to govern with aggression—and do surprisingly well with women.

U.S. President Donald Trump hugs the American flag during CPAC 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 2, 2019.

Trump’s Defeat Was World Historic

Populist authoritarians don’t usually leave through the ballot box. The Democrats’ success offers lessons for others.

U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hold a meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York on Sept. 24, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Why a Biden Win Is Bad News for Boris Johnson

By casting his lot with Trump, the U.K. prime minister now looks like yesterday’s man. He is in for a rude awakening.

Police stands between members of far right associations standing on the stairs of the Holy Cross Church and pro-choice protesters during the National strike for the seventh day of protests against the Constitutional Court ruling on tightening the abortion law on Oct. 28, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland.

Poland’s Anti-Abortion Dream Has Become a Nightmare

The country’s Catholic conservatives have achieved a long-sought goal—and may have fatally weakened their power in the process.

Demonstrators hold flags with the face of former president Evo Morales during a Movement for Socialism closing rally ahead of presidential elections in El Alto, Bolivia, on Oct. 14.

Will Bolivia’s Elections Usher in a New Wave of Socialism in Latin America?

A year after the leftist leader fled La Paz, Morales is looming over the upcoming vote.

People arrive to watch the actress Zsofia Szamosi perform in the play Pali at the Jozsef Katona Theater in Budapest on Jan. 18, 2019.

Orban’s Macbeth

The tragic figure behind the Hungarian populist leader’s efforts to remake his country’s theater.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Anatoly Bibilov, the leader of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, shake hands prior to their meeting in the Kremlin.

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Russia is consolidating its foothold in Georgia, Canada’s new brand of populism, and China’s repression of the Uighurs is a genocide.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford shakes hands at the end of a government session in Toronto on April 11, 2019.

Populism Isn’t Always Xenophobic. Just Ask Ontario’s Premier.

Doug Ford is challenging conventional wisdom by utilizing a more inclusive and malleable brand of populism. And it’s working for him.

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