In her lecture on 23 May, Chantal Mouffe, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster in London, intends to argue that at the current crossroads, a project to radicalize democracy requires implementing a left populist strategy whose hegemonic signifier is a Green Democratic Revolution, connecting the defense of the environment with the manifold democratic struggles against different forms of inequality.
With the climate emergency, we have entered a new phase in which the struggle for social justice requires questioning the productivist and extractivist model. Growth has ceased being considered a source of protection to become a danger to the material conditions of existence of society. It is no longer possible to envisage a process of radicalization of democracy that does not include the end of a model of growth that endangers the existence of society and whose destructive effects are particularly felt by its more vulnerable groups.
Watch Chantal Mouffe's conversation with Robert Misik on left populism from 2018 here:
The discussion will be moderated by IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Vejvoda.