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Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.

On French Politics

Toward Democracy

Share the post "Toward Democracy" In 2016, the American historian James Kloppenberg published Toward Democracy, a book which in just short of 1,000 pages provides a nearly comprehensive history of the evolution of democratic thought on both sides of the Atlantic since the seventeenth century—now out in paperback. Tocqueville 21 blog editor Jacob Hamburger and intern Matthew Jackson spoke with Professor Kloppenberg about some misconceptions on the divergences between...

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Brexit, Tocqueville, and Popular Sovereignty

Share the post "Brexit, Tocqueville, and Popular Sovereignty" The 2016 Brexit referendum was called to decide a seemingly simple question: Should Britain remain part of the European Union, or leave it? Running on a memorable slogan, the Leave campaign argued that Britain should take back control over its laws and its fate by regaining sovereignty over its borders. Three years hence, the complex implications of this question, and of the tenuous answer delivered by the...

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Judith Shklar’s Teaching Statement

Share the post "Judith Shklar’s Teaching Statement" Judith Shklar has a provocative little essay called “Why Teach Political Theory?” Crafting the response she might give to “some imaginary dean,” Shklar emphasizes that a liberal education is about familiarizing the young with their literary heritage, and it’s hard to deny that the classics of political theory are at the center of that heritage. Sending the autodidact into the library isn’t enough. We need the...

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Pierre Manent in Search of the Political

Share the post "Pierre Manent in Search of the Political" Pierre Manent is a philosopher who summons us to the pursuit of truth and the practice of politics. Since the beginning of his career in the late 1970s, these two preoccupations have motivated his critiques of a certain canon of modern political thought. The thinkers of this canon, Manent charges, have been leading us astray from truth and the truly political.  Where, then, would Manent lead us? This essay...

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Raphaël Enthoven

Share the post "Raphaël Enthoven" Raphaël Enthoven was invited to address Marion Maréchal Le Pen’s nascent movement/party/LePenist fifth-column within the far right–whatever you want to call it. He took the occasion to challenge the New Right to its face. Alexander Hurst translated his remarks, which you can read here. Thanks to Alexander for calling this to my attention. Tags: Far right, Rassemblement National, Enthoven Share the post "Raphaël Enthoven"...

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Revue de Presse: September 29

Share the post "Revue de Presse: September 29" With the passing of former French president Jacques Chirac, newspapers have struggled to pin down the man’s complex legacy. Le Monde highlights Chirac’s affable demeanor and his connection with French nationality and culture, others have been far more critical of the late head of state. The Washington Post remembers what will surely be thought of as his finest moments, despite drawing him severe backlash at the time: his...

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Jacques Chirac

Share the post "Jacques Chirac" Jacques Chirac’s political career spans the time I have been closely watching French politics. He was first elected to the Assemblée Nationale in 1967, after serving as President Georges Pompidou’s personal fixer: Pompidou called him the “bulldozer.” It was Chirac who was sent out, pistol in pocket, to negotiate with PCF and union leaders at the height of the ’68 general strike. The tough guy with a cigarette dangling from his lips and a...

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Migration « en même temps »

Share the post "Migration « en même temps »" It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about French politics, but seeing as my day job is now working in immigration law, I can’t help but comment briefly on some recent comments by Emmanuel Macron. Last week, at a meeting of LREM deputies, Macron stressed the need to “look squarely in the face” the subject of immigration heading into the second half of his term. The president elaborated that the question for his...

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Revue de Presse: September 22

Share the post "Revue de Presse: September 22" The historian and Tocqueville21 contributor Sophia Rosenfeld reflects on conspiracy theories in The Nation.   Rosenfeld reviews a new book by Russell Muirhead and Nancy L. Rosenblum, A Lot of People are Saying, in which Muirhead and Rosenblum claim that our current American political moment suffers a new form of “conspiricism,” defined by its low standards of proof and its lack of motivating ideology. Rosenfeld agrees that...

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