In this episode, Steve and Cory discuss the populist, anti-establishment movements popping up across the world. Although we touch on movements across Europe such as Syrizia, Podemos and the Five Star Movement, most attention is given to the Tea Party in America and Momentum in the UK.
Are these movements just interested in talking to themselves in social media rather than building a wider movement?
What are the problems of having such a populist movement in a First Past the Post system where you have to reach out to people who might not agree with you?
Also, what have these movements actually achieved?
Especially this week, where we have seen Labour continue to tear itself apart, we discuss the importance of compromise, organisation and moderation to achieve your aims.
Geek Heresy, the website referred to by Steve, can be found here.
Rule and Ruin, the book referred to by Cory, can be found here.
You can read a little more about the Five Star Movement here.
There is an excellent article about the problems facing social democratic parties here.