What are demagogues offering them after all? They're offering security, stability, identity, solidarity, fraternity - these are traditionally left projects. The left has to understand that if it doesn't do the hard work, the right is always going to benefit. The far right in particular. The left, or whatever there is left of the left, simply failed to understand these imperatives are important, and the far right has very successful hijacked them.
Author Pankaj Mishra examines the rise of populist anger across the modern world - as reaction to (and against) a neoliberal consensus with nothing to offer working people, and as sign of democracy's slow corruption under capitalism - and calls for the left to fundamentally transform its mission to one of solidarity and liberation, beyond the chains of economic self-interest.
Pankaj is author of Age of Anger: A History of the Present from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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