/252/ Technopopulism & Toxic Politics ft. Carlo Invernizzi Accetti


On the fusion of technocracy & populism.

Carlo Invernizzi Accetti talks to us about his book, Technopopulism, co-authored with Chris Bickerton. This is the “new logic of democratic politics”. How are all politicians today effectively technocratic and populist at the same time? How does this distinguish our age from a more ideological age in the past? And what can be done to make politics ideological again?

Part 2, which includes the rest of the interview, and the After Party where Alex, George and Phil debate why politics are toxic today, is available here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64729183/



  1. Carlo and Chris might like the distinction made by Joe Jackson in his 1986 song “Right and Wrong” the first stanza and chorus of which is as follows:

    “Stop everything
    I think I hear the President
    The Pied Piper of the TV screen
    Is gonna make it simple
    And he’s got it all mapped out
    And illustrated with cartoons
    Too hard for clever folks to understand
    They’re more used to words like:
    They’re not talkin’ ’bout right and left
    They’re talkin’ ’bout
    Right and wrong, do you know the difference
    Right and wrong, do you know the difference”

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