Could left-wing populism take flight?
Avi Lewis says the NDP needs to engage in firebrand politics if it is to avoid decimation Results glitch further mires Munk debate between Bannon and Frum in Toronto Ex-teacher kills two women in yoga studio Sicily storms, floods kill at least 12 people E
OTTAWA—The symbolism, to Avi Lewis’s eye, was spot on. The leader of the federal NDP, on Bay St. in Toronto on Friday, talking about how the “ultra-wealthy” need to pay their share.
But for Lewis, the imagery fizzled with Jagmeet Singh’s message: a trio of policy proposals about stocks, corporate wealth and taxation that might be too technocratic to get people worked up. And if you, like Lewis, believe Canadians are ready for a firebrand version of left-wing politics — a populism of the left, he says — then that won’t cut it.
“Why go for something that you have to explain? What populism tells you is that there are simple truths about our economy that can be communicated with great power,” said Lewis, who coauthored the environmental and social democratic treatise, the Leap Manifesto, with his wife, author and activist Naomi Klein.
“Jagmeet is absolutely in the right direction,” Lewis said. “He’s taking a little step, and he needs to leap.”
Populism is often assumed to be a right-wing phenomenon, a buzzword to characterize the Donald Trump movement in the U.S. In that context, the word is shorthand for a politics of anti-elitism and xenophobia — that Trump is fighting for “real” Americans against the dominant forces of “globalism,” the ideological culprit he blames for shipping jobs to China and letting too many outsiders into the country.
But populism isn’t exclusive to one side of the political spectrum. Jan-Werner Mueller, a politics professor at Princeton University, told the CBC last week that populists can come in different ideological shades, so long as they trade in a rhetoric of divisiveness that questions the legitimacy of those who don’t share their views.
Avi Lewis co-authored a social democratic treatise titled Leap Manifesto. Avi Lewis says that NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is moving in the right direction, but needs to go further: “He’s taking a little step, and he needs to leap.” Protesters yell at ticket holders outside Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall Friday night to protest the appearance of former Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon at the Munk Debates. Police laid charges against 12 people. Before it even began, the Munk Debate that pitted former Trump strategist Steve Bannon against conservative commentator David Frum was already steeped in controversy.
Now there’s even more. The Munk Debates announced TALLAHASSEE, FLA.—A brooding military veteran and former teacher who railed at women and Black people in a series of poorly lit videos shot two women to death and wounded five other people at a Florida yoga studio before killing himself.
on Saturday that they made a “technical error” in delivering the results of Friday night’s faceoff between Bannon and Frum, after initially announcing that the latter had lost when it had actually been a draw.
The debate had already faced criticism, with calls to cancel the event amid protests over Bannon’s involvement, including a raucous rally outside Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall that resulted in the arrest of 12 people.
The Munk Debates typically begin with a vote asking the audience to choose whether they are for or against the ROME—Storms lashing Sicily have killed at least 12 people with torrential floods, Italian authorities said as the country’s leader headed Sunday to the Mediterranean island.
question at hand. They also ask whether the audience members are open to changing their votes after listening to the debate. At the end, a final vote is done with the same initial for-or-against question. The debater who swayed votes to their side wins.
At the end of Friday’s event, they asked the audience whether “the future of western politics is populist, not liberal.” The now-incorrect results showed a clear win for Bannon at 57 per cent in favour and 43 per cent against — a far cry from the corrected tally posted Saturday morning MINYA, EGYPT—Hundreds of Egyptian Christians attended a funeral service Saturday after seven people were killed in an ambush by Daesh militants of buses carrying pilgrims to a desert monastery.
of 28 per cent in favour and 72 per cent opposed, resulting in a draw.
“The system involves various people talking behind the scenes,” said Rudyard Griffiths, chairman of the Munk Debates, in an interview with the Star. “There’s one person that’s managing the live poll. That person is communicating with another person who is entering it into a slide, and then another operator is collecting those slides that are displayed on the screen in the hall. So there’s a lot of different moving pieces.” Christians attend a service at an Egypt church for victims of a recent militant attack.