Populism and the Future of Democracy


June 8, 2017 Populism and the Future of Democracy

A Russell Kirk Lecture

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC

Featured Speakers

Roger Kimball

Roger Kimball is Editor and Publisher of "The New Criterion" and President and Publisher of Encounter Books. He is the author of several books, including "The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia;" "The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America;" and "Experiments Against Reality: The Fate of Culture in the Postmodern Age." Kimball lectures widely and has appeared on national radio and television programs as well as the BBC. He is a frequent contributor to many publications, including "The Times Literary Supplement," "The Wall Street Journal," "The New York Times Book Review," "The Sunday Telegraph," "The Weekly Standard," "National Review," and "The National Interest."


From Brexit to the election of Donald Trump to the rise of Marine Le Pen, a populist wind is blowing on both sides of the Atlantic. Some associate populism with demagoguery and worry that it threatens to overwhelm democracy. Others see it as the last best hope for democracy: a justified revolt of ordinary people against overbearing and self-serving elites. In this Russell Kirk Lecture, Roger Kimball will discuss the implications for democracy of the rise of this new populism.