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...

An Introduction to Populism: Interview with Yannis Stavrakakis

For the launching of The New Pretender we would like to introduce our readers to one of the most eminent international scholars on populism. In our...

Extinction Rebellion and the Future of Direct Action | Liz Lee...

This week in the The New Pretender we bring you an original piece from Liz Lee Reynolds on the direct action movement ‘Extinction Rebellion’....

Jacqueline Best – Why we need to stop letting economic crises...

This weekend The New Pretender brings you a republication of this short article, on the contemporary economic crises and the political challenges and opportunities they create,...

Chantal Mouffe: “Corbyn represents the implementation of a left populist strategy”

In this article, Chantal Mouffe, philosopher, professor at the University of Westminster and theoretician of left-wing populism, proffers an analysis of the strategy of...

Demonising populism won’t work – Europe needs a progressive populist alternative...

How should Europe react to the rise of populist parties? Chantal Mouffe argues that the consensus established between centre-right and centre-left parties on the...

Fighting Austerity Building Alternatives: Notes from the Struggles of the Metropolitan...

In this week's article Haris Malamidis and Kostis Roussos write about building alternative networks in periods where 'austerity politics remain untouched and tend to...

Reflections on Violence against Women and Mainstream Media in Ireland

We Rise, We Chant and We March, and still We are not Heard Ana Kriegel, Jastine Valdez, Joanne Ball, Natalia Karaczyn. These are the names...

Bright Flight

Per Rolandsson discusses why Scandinavian culture has become so popular among the liberal middle-classes. Is it fascism, racism, or escapism? Escaping the reality of today’s...

On Strike Against Reality: Conspiracy Thinking as the Popularisation of Critical...

Conspiracy theories and post-truth politics have figured prominently in the popular consciousness throughout 2020; growing steadily alongside public health responses to the Covid-19 pandemic....