The Conservative’s next issue: Is Populism Democracy’s Downfall or Conservatism’s Key to Reform?

1 December 2017

The Conservative’s next issue: Is Populism Democracy’s Downfall or Conservatism’s Key to Reform?

How can political establishments hope to survive in a growing anti-establishment climate? The Conservative’s next issue is devoted to investigating Western democracy’s growing populist movement and questioning how conservatives can bridge the gap between governments and anti-systemic parties.

Launched in 2016 by Daniel Hannan, “The Conservative” aims to air lively, original and entertaining commentary from a Right-of-Centre perspective, promote conservative and free market ideas and support, develop and grow the conservative movement.

Political philosopher, Sir Roger Scruton, examines how populist leaders break down the foundations of representative government because they ignore the essential responsibility of all political representatives: “to represent the interests of all their constituents—not just those who voted for them.”

And though populist voters are largely depicted as loud, radical revolutionaries, David Goodhart contradicts this portrayal, showing that many populist voters are traditional, decent people who are alienated by an ever-increasing cosmopolitan national identity.

Putting populism in perspective, Alvino-Mario Fantini, editor-in-chief of The European Conservative, offers a voice of calm reason in contrast to media outlets shouting populism will be the end of Western democracy as we know it. Analyzing the diversity and disunity among populist groups, Fantini sees an opportunity for conservatives to reform and create a conservative populism “that may dethrone the artificial oligarchies that rule over us . . . and help democratic citizens everywhere.”

Though the populist movement has rocked Western politics to its core, Ben Johnson, senior editor at the Acton Institute, sees potential for conservatives “to offer a compelling counter-narrative and proven solutions” to the legitimate concerns driving populist voters.

Dominic Green, Anne-Elisabeth Moutet and Federico Fernandez explore the personalities behind populist surges from France to the USA and to Argentina. In his article, Danny Kruger explains how the father of conservatism, Edmund Burke, might react to this modern movement.

In all, we have worked very hard to provide you with materials and insight from the best and brightest minds of conservative thought to approach this modern populist movement in a thoughtful, educated, and consistent way. We hope these articles educate and inspire you, the reader, and we hope you enjoy them as well.

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