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

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Critique de Livre : The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville

Share the post "Critique de Livre : The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville" Ceci est la seconde critique de livre parue dans notre mini-forum sur The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville (2019), édité par Daniel Gordon. Dans l’abondante littérature consacrée à Tocqueville, ce volume collectif apporte une contribution importante et originale. Cet ouvrage propose une compréhension globale de l’œuvre de Tocqueville en diversifiant les angles d’approche. Les...

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Quentin Crisp and Political Courage

Share the post "Quentin Crisp and Political Courage" We do not usually number Quentin Crisp, queer icon and media quipster, among the theorists of liberal democracy, or indeed among the serious thinkers of anything. Like his predecessor and model Oscar Wilde, Crisp cultivated an arch, ironic verbal style, in which apparently outrageous nonsense was uttered with flat matter-of-factness. We have trouble with funny philosophers. Some we reduce to the merely hilarious;...

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Cross-post: From Republic to Reaction

Share the post "Cross-post: From Republic to Reaction" (This is a cross-post from John Ganz’s Substack, UNPOPULAR FRONT, and is Part III of his series on the crises of the Third Republic. You can subscribe to his substack here.) The Franco-Russian Alliance and the Rise of Antisemitism In 1894, the same year that would witness Dreyfus’s trial, France ratified a military alliance with Russia. The strategic rationale of this pact was perfectly clear: Russia is on the...

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Review: The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville

Share the post "Review: The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville" This is the first of two reviews in our mini-forum on The Anthem Companion to Alexis de Tocqueville (2019), edited by Daniel Gordon.  More than two centuries after birth, Alexis de Tocqueville remains a puzzle for us. In the eyes of some, he was an anguished aristocrat who lived in an era of revolutionary turmoil. For others, he was a secret admirer and friend of democracy, worried about its...

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Biden’s Covid-19 Plan: A Road Towards Universal Basic Income?

Share the post "Biden’s Covid-19 Plan: A Road Towards Universal Basic Income?" Has Covid-19 made an Andrew Yang out of Joe Biden? During the 2020 Democratic primary, Yang’s promise of a monthly $1,000 “Freedom Dividend”—a form of Universal Basic Income (or UBI)—was not enough to carry the entrepreneur to the White House. But President Biden’s plan to fight the coronavirus and its economic fallout includes yet another round of direct payments, the third in only a year....

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Aaron Tugendhaft on the politics of iconoclasm

Share the post "Aaron Tugendhaft on the politics of iconoclasm" Danielle Charette and Atman Mehta interviewed Aaron Tugendhaft about his new book, The Idols of ISIS: From Assyria to the Internet (University of Chicago Press, 2020). Their conversation covered the politics of iconoclasm, why a healthy polity needs images, and what this might mean for contemporary challenges to democracy. The transcript below is lightly edited for clarity. Danielle Charette: The Idols of...

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Revue de presse : 14 février

Share the post "Revue de presse : 14 février" Suite à de nouvelles révélations sur le paradis fiscal du Luxembourg, Thomas Piketty appelle à une « transformation profonde du système économique dans le sens de la justice et de la redistribution ». Un impôt sur les fortunes les plus importantes, et une transparence fiscale mondiale – depuis longtemps des solutions préférées de Piketty – ne servent pas qu’à combattre les inégalités. Pour Piketty, il est essentiel de...

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The Source of Our Restlessness

Share the post "The Source of Our Restlessness" Blaise Pascal, seated at his desk. Line engraving by J. Bein. “We just cannot get a break.” Surely that is the universal sentiment of the past year. Yet in trying to rationalize a catastrophic year, there is something we can do moving forward: stop guessing what will be the next catastrophe. For the sarcastic observers, “What will this month hold for us?” has become the new “Have you seen the weather?” This phenomenon...

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Why Are the Political Skies Darkening?

Share the post "Why Are the Political Skies Darkening?" With the 2022 presidential election looming in the middle distance, it seems that everyone in France with the slightest modicum of presidential ambition is launching a trial balloon lately. The skies are full of unlikely lighter-than-air contrivances: Arnaud Montebourg, until recently employed as an apiculturist at the delightfully named Bleu Blanc Ruche, has launched his, trailing a banner emblazoned “Buy...

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How Neoliberalism Reinvented Democracy

Share the post "How Neoliberalism Reinvented Democracy" The latest issue of The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville is out, featuring a special series on “How Neoliberalism Reinvented Democracy.” Below is series guest editor Daniel Zamora Vargas’s introduction, which outlines the aims of the project and introduces some of the participants’ key insights. “The word ‘democracy’,” the Republican Senator Mike Lee recently noted, “appears nowhere in the Constitution.”...

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