Is there a culture war against populism?

The unexpected triumphs of the Brexit campaign and Donald Trump have been widely interpreted as signs of a new ‘populism’ across the Western world. Should we understand the rise of populism as a challenge to the elites’ top-down values or a desperate fight to cling on to traditional, backward attachments? Are populist movements merely ‘morbid symptoms’ of a dying political order, or the first signs of a democratic renewal? Is populism worth celebrating even if it unleashes uncomfortable sentiments?

Filmed at the Battle of Ideas 2017, the speakers are: Professor Frank Furedi, David Goodhart, Elif Shafak, the chair is: Claire Fox

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