The Populist Hype, ‘the People’ and the Far Right

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This is a conversation with Aurelien Mondon, he’s a senior lecturer in politics, languages and international studies at the University of Bath and co-author of the 2020 book “Reactionary Democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream” alongside Aaron Winter.

Topics Discussed

How has the far right been mainstreamed? Focus on US, UK and France
Liberal racism versus illiberal racism
The far right and why calling them ‘populism’ is problematic
What is ‘populist hype’ and how can the media be complicit?
How the ‘working class’ become racialized into the ‘white working class’
The role of elites in ‘reactionary democracy’
How our knowledge of the world is constructed
How the right has asphyxiated the media landscape
On echo chambers
The generational divide
The question of race and ‘populism’
‘Populism’ and elections
The case of France
Original languageEnglish
PublisherThe Fire These Times
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


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