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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.

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The Castex Government

Share the post "The Castex Government" Emmanuel Macron’s self-reinvention did not get very far. The just-appointed Castex government is as unexciting as the new prime minister himself. After Philippe, Castaner and Belloubet were shown the door. Darmanin was moved to interior. Le Maire, Blanquer, and Le Drian remain in their posts. So what distinguishes the new government from the old? Nothing, really, except that Macron is no longer the young man in a hurry who was...

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Ceci n’est pas la révolution de Bernie Sanders

Share the post "Ceci n’est pas la révolution de Bernie Sanders" Suite à la publication de mon dernier post sur les manifestations Black Lives Matter aux États-Unis, Christophe Deroubaix, journaliste à l’Humanité, m’a interrogé sur les luttes sociales et antiracistes, sur Tocqueville, et sur les polémiques autour du « privilège blanc ». Le texte de l’entretien est reproduit ici, dont aussi une dernière question qui a dû être coupé de la version publié dans le journal....

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Macron bis has begun

Share the post "Macron bis has begun" There should be no surprise about Macron’s dismissal of Édouard Philippe: any prime minister who is more popular than his president is ripe for sacking. And it is doubtful that Philippe would have been so assiduous about regaining his mayoral post in Le Havre if he had expected to be kept on. Still, he had demonstrated a quiet competence that might have counted for something. But perhaps Macron wanted to avoid any possibility of his...

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Des formes, et de la politique

Share the post "Des formes, et de la politique" Justine Lacroix, Jean-Yves Pranchère et Anton Jäger ont eu l’amabilité de partager quelques-unes de leurs réflexions critiques à propos de mon livre Slow Démocratie, paru à l’automne 2019. Le principal nœud de la critique de Lacroix et Pranchère tient à la présentation que je fais de la nation comme une « forme politique » difficilement dépassable. Ils soulèvent des objections importantes, efficaces, parfois redoutables,...

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Dick Howard sur 50 ans de fractures américaines

Share the post "Dick Howard sur 50 ans de fractures américaines" Readers of The Tocqueville Review/ La Revue Tocqueville may recognize Dick Howard, an American political theorist who often discusses US politics on French media, as the author of a recent essay on the concept of the New Left, published in the journal earlier this spring. Howard spoke with Tocqueville21 last July about his latest book, Les Ombres de l’Amérique: De Kennedy à Trump (Éditions François...

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Green Wave?

Share the post "Green Wave?" Yes, the Greens did very well in yesterday’s Covid-delayed second round of municipal elections. They captured some major prizes: Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg, and, most surprisingly, Bordeaux. They retained Grenoble. They came close to winning in Lille, the fiefdom of former Socialist PM Martine Aubry, and Toulouse. In short, a fantastic showing in all of France’s largest cities, save Paris. They have the wind in their sails–or should I say...

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Start Up Nation from the Left

Share the post "Start Up Nation from the Left" Ceci est le second texte dans notre échange sur Slow Démocratie, par David Djaïz (Editions Allary, 2019).  Few will remember the “Slow Science” movement. In 2011, a group of academics launched a call in The Atlantic for a decelerated research ethic. “We need time to think and we do need time to digest,” their manifesto claimed, including “time to misunderstand each other, especially when fostering lost dialogue between...

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Revue de Presse: June 28

Share the post "Revue de Presse: June 28" The latest issue of The Point asks, “What is the Nation For?” Tom Meany’s response? It depends. Throughout history, the idea of the “nation” has confronted sovereign power, international economic competition, and minority populations alike, while some of the most fervent “nationalists” have also been prolific actors on the global stage. In the twentieth century, the global Left—socialist, communist, or decolonial—often...

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The “Restructuring” of Hong Kong and the Rise of Neostatism

Share the post "The “Restructuring” of Hong Kong and the Rise of Neostatism" For several years, observers have noted that many Chinese intellectuals who identified as “new left” critics of the PRC’s market reforms in the 1990s and 2000s have since then not only endorsed state capitalism, but also argued in favor of sovereignism and nationalism. Xu Jilin, a professor of intellectual history at East China Normal University in Shanghai, was one of the first to identify...

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La nation est-elle une forme politique ?

Share the post "La nation est-elle une forme politique ?" Ceci est le premier texte dans notre échange sur Slow Démocratie, par David Djaïz (Editions Allary, 2019).  Le livre de David Djaïz dresse un tableau clair et pédagogique de la déstabilisation de la démocratie européenne par quarante ans de mondialisation néolibérale. La synthèse proposée est efficace et utile ; elle s’appuie sur nombre de travaux scientifiques importants (en économie, sociologie et science...

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