Promise and Populism in Mexico

Today, as Mexico is electing its new president, The New Pretender offers an analysis of the campaign of the left populist candidate Andrés Manual López...

The Decline of Political Judgment: Moralistic Responses to the Populist Moment

In this article Liam Farrell offers a set of critical reflections on the decline of political judgment in contemporary political debates around the emergence of populist politics...

The Euro Disaster

Many nations within the euro-zone are in chronic economic crisis, which has resulted in a permanent political crisis in the EU. Jörg Bibow and...

The anti-populist effect of the progressive Left – a real concern...

In this weeks long read, Alice Masoni contributes to the New Pretenders analysis of anti-populism. Masoni writes about anti-populist rhetoric and its capacity to reproduce the...

The Revival of French Left-wing Populism: Interview with Political Strategist Manuel...

Manuel Bompard was the communications manager for Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the French left-wing populist candidate who received 20% of the vote in the April 2017...

Messiah Musk

‘Elon Musk is my God’, ‘My favourite human being’, ‘This guy is the future!’, ‘Find a way to make him immortal!’. Exclamations like these...

‘We are witnessing the rise of a neo-liberal populism’ – Interview with...

Jorge Moruno is a sociologist of Work, and former head of discourse for the Podemos movement, of which he was a founding member. In...

Left Populism from the Hungarian Perspective

A great challenge for the left is how to comply with both Marxist (especially Gramscian) and post-structuralist (Laclau-Mouffian) ideas about politics. How can this...

Why are we Pretending? A Final Inventory Check upon Leaving Europe

Why should radicals look to 'pretenders' for inspiration? Amy Westwell and Cailean Gallagher trace the history of wild and illegitimate claims to power and...

“The EU facilitates Tax Evasion” —Interview with Miguel Urbán MEP

In April 2016, the scandal around the Panama Papers detonated. Since then, the European Parliament has created a Commission of Inquiry to investigate what...