Centrist politics will not defeat Boris Johnson’s rightwing populism

“But this fear of populism reveals something troubling about how we currently understand democratic politics” writes Chantal Mouffe for What most people seem to find shocking about Johnson’s strategy is that it involves an “us v them” confrontation – as if democratic politics could avoid conflict between irreconcilable political projects.The announcement of these tactics has caused alarm among those who fear democracy will be threatened by a “populist” politics of polarisation between “us” and “them”.We must not be tempted to counter Johnson’s populism with a return to centrist politics.

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