Why politicians around the world are getting on the radical love train

Istanbul’s new mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, who won the election on a platform of ‘radical love’, addresses from atop a bus the crowd of supporters gathered outside Istanbul’s town hall. AFP/Bulent Kilic

Populism of the most hateful sort has had a baleful presence in the headlines for the past two years, but now a very different political perspective is challenging it, without animus. It’s called “radical love” and had its first electoral win on June 23, when Ekrem Imamoglu was elected mayor of Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city.