Magazine July 31, 2017, Issue

Being Somewhere

Pro-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics, by David Goodhart (Hurst, 256 pp., $24.95)

David Goodhart was once reliably a man of the Left: a British mainstream-liberal journalist, the founder of Prospect magazine, and a supporter of Tony Blair’s New Labour ideology. Over the past several years, although still left of center, he has changed his mind on a range of critical issues in Britain and the West related to immigration, identity, class, welfare, culture, and nation. Today, he often refers to himself as a “centrist” and “post-liberal.”

In his new book, Goodhart describes Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as the “two biggest protest votes in modern democratic history.” They constitute a backlash

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