Thomas Frank (c) Bonkeyii

Thomas Frank

People without Power: The War on Populism and the Fight for Democracy

Festival of Ideas Online/
Thu 10 September 2020

Crowdcast

Thomas Frank

People without Power: The War on Populism and the Fight for Democracy

Thomas Frank (c) Bonkeyii
Thu 10 September 2020,

Crowdcast

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on our Crowdcast platform. It will also be live-streamed to Facebook. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

Donald Trump. Brexit. European right-wing extremists. All have been accused of populism. But what does this often thrown about, yet generally misunderstood, term actually mean?

The real story of populism is an account of enlightenment and liberation; the story of democracy itself, of its promise of a decent life for us all.

Acclaimed political commentator Thomas Frank takes us from the emergence of the radical left-wing US Populist Party in the 1890s, through the triumphs of reformers under Roosevelt and Truman, to the present day, reminding us how much we owe to the populist ethos. He pummels the elites, revisits the movement’s provocative politics, and declares true populism to be the language of promise and optimism.

This is part of our Future of Democracy series which is taking place all year and will culminate in a constitutional convention, currently scheduled for November 2020.

People without Power: The War on Populism and the Fight for Democracy is published by Scribe. Buy a copy from our bookseller partner Waterstones.

Book cover of People without Power

Image of Thomas Frank (c) Bonkeyii

 

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