Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre waves as he enters a caucus meeting in Quebec City on Sept. 7, 2023. Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press.

We may have underestimated Pierre Poilievre

When Pierre Poilievre became Conservative Party leader almost precisely twelve months ago, many commentators assumed that a considerable share of the country already had well-developed views about him and his politics.

Barstool Sports blogger David Portnoy, right, poses with the Miami mascot Sebastian the Ibis during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in Coral Gables, Fla. Lynne Sladky/AP Photo.

The rise of Barstool conservatism

Barstool Sports is one of the most successful entertainment platforms in the internet age. It’s popularity, particularly among young men, signals a growing shift in how many are engaging with politics and culture.

In this Tuesday, June 5, 2012 photo, friends and family greet a procession of the graduating class of 2012 at Princeton University after commencement ceremonies in Princeton, N.J. Mel Evans/AP Photo.

Welcome to the age of overeducated underachievers

The gap between the promise of credentialism and its disappointing realities for rising numbers is something that we must confront before it engulfs our politics. For all of the attention paid to the threat posed by working-class populists, the real risk of political disruption may actually come from the rise of white-collar populists.