Nicholas Casey on the dangers of left-populism—and what Americans can learn from Venezuela.

Latin America’s Massive Inequality Has Led to a Big Problem With Populism. Is America Next?

Latin America’s Massive Inequality Has Led to a Big Problem With Populism. Is America Next?

Talking about democracy.
Sept. 27 2017 7:30 AM

Slouching Toward Brazil

Why the future of American politics may resemble Latin America.

Venezuela
Anti-government activists build a barricade in Valencia, Venezuela, on Aug. 6, a day after a new assembly loyal to President Nicolas Maduro started functioning in the country.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/Getty Images.

Listen to Left-Populism in Latin America:

Yascha Mounk and New York Times Andes bureau chief Nicholas Casey discuss whether left-populism is as dangerous as right-populism; why things are so much worse in Venezuela than they are in Ecuador; and why Latin American politics may hold the key to America’s future.

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This podcast was made in collaboration with New America.

Podcast production by John T. Williams.