Reclaiming Populism to Bridge Divides

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Populism has been used to describe Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian socialism in Venezuela, the anti-communism of the Kaczyński brothers in Poland, Donald Trump’s MAGA movement in the USA and President Kais Saied’s power grab in Tunisia. Populism has been seen among academics and politicians as a threat to contemporary democracies and the social order worldwide.

Populism has grown so much in recent years that people are already talking about an era of populism. At the same time, populism is one of our time’s most incorrectly used terms. At its root, populism promotes the idea that elites have unfairly rigged socio-economic and political systems and the “true people” should instead exert political control.

As part of the debate on bridging divides in an era of populism, the Victoria Forum is pleased to present this webinar on reclaiming populism. A panel of thought leaders will discuss the following questions:

1. What is populism? Why is it attractive?

2. Is populism a threat to democracies and the socio-economic order? What are its potential damages?

3. How to reclaim populism? How to bridge the different divides feeding populism?’’

February 24, 2022

9 am – 10 am PST
(4 pm – 5 pm GMT)

In partnership with the Centre for Global Studies and the Canadian International Council

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