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What’s behind the west’s populist wave?

Elites pretend class power does not exist

By Michael Lind   April 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference, at 10 Downing Street, in London, on the government's coronavirus action plan.

After leading the Conservatives to a resounding victory, Boris Johnson brought about Brexit. But the greatest challenge for the old Etonian lies ahead: in ending the new class war.

To understand today’s populism in the UK, the US and elsewhere, we must go beyond single-factor theories—is it all about money? Is it all about race?—and put class at the centre of the analysis. The democracies of the…

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