Eric Kaufmann On Left-Wing Populism In American And European Culture
The Federalist Staff
On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Eric Kaufmann joined host Ben Domenech to discuss his work within fields of research related to populism across the world and specifically in the United States. Kaufmann is a professor of politics at Birkbeck College at the University of London and is the author of “Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities.”
Kaufmann argues that the new antiracism movement worldwide, which is specifically dominant in American culture, is a form of secular religion. He refers to the modern American sentiment as the “third great awokening,” following the former waves in the late ’60s and the ’90s. It stems from the idea that tradition, both religious and national, ought to be eliminated to make room for the new religion of antiracism. It resembles many historical international movements, Kaufmann said.
“This sort of fervor comes out of trying to iron out particularity in history and culture to create this brand-new heaven on earth, this utopian civilization. So we’ve seen that in China, and we’ve seen it elsewhere. I’d say ISIS is another example of that.”