In conversation with Robert Misik at the Vienna Humanities Festival 2018
28 March 2019
Over the last years, populism has been the purview 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 conservative variant. In a conversation with Austrian journalist Robert Misik, she will expound her position, which is developed in her book For a Left Populism that was published by Verso.
The topic of 2018 “Power and Powerlessness” focused on the vulnerability of democracies in Europe in light of historical events embedding them in the context of contemporary socio-political developments.