Frontline interview

Capitalism, populism & crisis of liberalism

Print edition : June 21, 2019

Akeel Bilgrami Photo: By Special Arrangement

Senator Bernie Sanders. Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Marine Le Pen, French National Rally party leader. Photo: Thibault Camus/AP

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party in Britain. Photo: Oli SCARFF/AFP

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Photo: Adem ALTAN/AFP

Donald Trump campaigning in Orlando, Florida, on March 5, 2016. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesAFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a roadshow in Varanasi on April 25. Photo: Adnan Abidi/REUTERS

Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. Edward “Luce, reporting on Trump’s inaugural, said: ‘Obama’s inaugural in 2008 radiated hope, Trump’s inaugural channelled rage.’ But not once in the article did he point out that the rage might be due to the hopes invested in Obama being unfulfilled.” Photo: Elise Amendola/AP

“[I]n all the sleekly contemptuous liberal punditry against the nationalistic trend exhibited by Brexit, there is unanimity in thinking that it was a big mistake on then Prime Minister David Cameron’s part to call a referendum.” Photo: Christopher Furlong/PAAP

A Brexit referendum postal ballot slip, June 1, 2016. Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Nigel Farage (centre) with members of his newly formed anti-E.U. Brexit Party who won in the European Parliament elections, in London on May 27. Photo: Tolga AKMEN/AFP

Migrants and refugees in line for a security check after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac, on January 26, 2016. “[T]he refugee crisis [was] spawned by the massive dislocation of populations as a result of the civil wars and Western invasions of different regions” in West Asia. Photo: ARMEND NIMANI/AFP

Interview with Akeel Bilgrami.
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