April issue: Populism rises again
April 2017
Issue: 
501

In the post-truth world of 2016, the day of the demagogue arrived. President Duterte played Dirty Harry in the Philippines. A pussy-grabbing, fact-denying, tax-shirking billionaire got elected US president. Smirking Brexiteers lied through their teeth and had their way. Authoritarian populists have stoked anger and division, and exposed faultlines in democracy. In this edition we ask, what is the appeal of the appalling? And is a progressive populism the answer?

Included in this issue

Whose truth is it anyway?

Swallowing the lies – or ‘alternative facts’ – of populist politicians is having profound consequences. NJ Enfield takes a fresh...

The will of the people

Hardliners are thriving on popular disenchantment with politics. Dinyar Godrej on the challenge they pose.

The laws won’t work.

There is no country in the world that has a proud history of men making great laws about women’s bodies, writes Kate Smurthwaite.

Is democracy in danger?

Rising distrust of politicians and parliaments, declining voter turnouts – these are now common trends in many established...

When sanctuary is resistance

In the United States in the 1980s, the simple act of providing refuge became a form of civil disobedience, writes Mark Engler.

Five paradoxes about the state of the media

As the New Internationalist embarks on its great, democratic, community shares experiment, Vanessa Baird explores the...

Global babies: who benefits?

Surrogacy has become an international trade that needs tighter regulation, argues Miranda Davies.

A second chance

Rebecca Cooke meets young women in Mozambique who are defying the odds and resisting child marriage.

Open Window

Pedro X Molina from Nicaragua with ‘American Honeymoon’.

A personal welcome

In Canada, private sponsors are paying refugees’ resettlement costs. But should such a scheme be replicated elsewhere? Sian...

The Establishment is not a viable candidate

The Trump shock shows that the same old same old is no longer an option. Jonathan Matthew Smucker on building the progressive...

The populist moment

Don’t just think of it as a dirty word, says Richard Swift; a genuine populism of the Left is long overdue.

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