Democracy For Sale: Peter Geoghegan. A Left Anti-Populist Review.

Tendance Coatesy

Foreshadowed in ‘Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics – Peter Geoghegan.’ (Head of Zeus.2020).

Peter Geoghegan on Twitter: "Oh wow. I'm very sorry to hear that!… "

A reader of the alt-left media, trying to get to grips with Labour’s 2019 Election Defeat, asks, how did the Tories appeal to working class and former Labour voters? Working by the lamp-light of the study he or she interrogates the nearest object to hand, via Zoom. “Red Wall Voter” they say, “How did you change your opinion? What role did Brexit play?” The voter will look back, and ask the theorist in turn, questioning the gaze of the theorist sitting in metropolitan isolation, away from the real folks who want their Country Back.

A left populist pops up on the screen. “A popular democratic interpellation” says the reader of Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau, has been taken by a “logic of equivalence”, the “designation of the enemy” a frontier of the political…

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