Timing is everything for election-cycle treatises, which tend to have a shorter shelf life than do other political books. Praise a candidate’s legacy too late or envisage a political party’s emerging strength too early and you submit your thesis to the unpredictability of the voters. Such is the case with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti’s manifesto, The Populist’s Guide to 2020: A New Right and New Left Are Rising, which was released in February. The nascent revolution at its heart — the supposed left–right populist “realignment” that animates the duo’s project — risks being crushed in the crib.
Ball, a former …
Something to Consider
If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content (including the magazine), no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (through conference calls, social media groups, and more). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going.