EFEBy Enrique Rubio London

What is fueling a rise in populism? Why are people drawn to divisive rhetoric? According to English academic Noreena Hertz, a lack of community, rising levels of loneliness and out of touch institutions are to blame.

We are in the midst of what the economist has labeled "the lonely century," the eponymous title of Hertz’s book published in September 2020 which gathers myriad interviews and a hefty bibliography.

"To assume that we are inherently self interested, that we inherently don't care about others, that we are inherently selfish. I think that's a mischaracterization of human nature," the author told Efe.