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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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L’Italie face aux épidémies : un retour de l’histoire ?

A l’heure où l’épidémie de Covid-19 place l’Italie du nord (Lombardie) comme l’un des épicentres majeurs de la pandémie mondiale avec le plus fort nombre de victimes à ce jour, un retour vers le Moyen-âge montre à quel point la mort liée aux épidémies figure déjà au centre des problématiques de l’histoire italienne. Parmi les études de démographie disponibles sur l’Occident médiéval, celle publiée en 1978 par l’historienne Christiane Klapisch-Zuber, Les Toscans et leurs familles. Etude du...

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Melvin Richter, 1921-2020

Share the post "Melvin Richter, 1921-2020" Tocquevillians recently suffered a major loss: Melvin Richter, the great historian of political thought, died a little over a week ago. Mel was the kindest of men, and intellectually generous in a way that not all great scholars are. He and I shared not only an interest in Tocqueville but also a past as military linguists: the Army taught Mel to speak Chinese as it taught me to speak Vietnamese. We liked to laugh together about...

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Ruins and Renewal: An Interview with Wendy Brown

Share the post "Ruins and Renewal: An Interview with Wendy Brown" To conclude our book forum on In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Anti-Democratic Politics in the West (Columbia University Press, 2019), we spoke with Wendy Brown about some of the key questions raised by her four reviews.  Jacob Hamburger: We wanted to start a bit like we began our last interview a few years ago—because Emma Mackinnon’s review gets right to the heart of this—by asking how you...

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Revue de Presse : 22 mars

Share the post "Revue de Presse : 22 mars" Le coronavirus est-il la fin de la mondialisation ? C’est la question à laquelle s’adressent Henry Farrell et Abraham Newman dans Foreign Affairs. Dans l’économie mondialisée, grâce aux chaînes logistiques conçues pour fournir des pièces essentielles à la dernière minute (just in time), les entreprises n’ont pas besoin de garder des réserves. La crise sanitaire actuelle ayant brusquement arrêté ces chaînes, de nombreux pays se...

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American Dreamwork

But more than just attack the realm of politics, and so constrain the reach of popular power, she argues, neoliberalism denigrates the social, denying both the principle of equality and the vocabulary in which to demand it. In attacking both the political and the social, it elevates not just the market, but, especially for Hayek, a particular notion of traditional morality. On Hayek’s view, tradition had evolved to hold society together organically. With that organic traditionalism, he hoped...

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Is Friedrich Hayek to Blame for our Political Crisis?

Share the post "Is Friedrich Hayek to Blame for our Political Crisis?" I am grateful to participate in this discussion, having learned so much over the years from Wendy Brown’s work—especially her writings on neoliberalism. What I offer here is not meant as criticism so much as an expression of my curiosity upon reading her latest book.   I am most curious about the role that the “primacy of the political” plays in the book. Brown states her ambition in In the Ruins...

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Cartographies of Subjugated Critique

Share the post "Cartographies of Subjugated Critique" This is the second post in our review forum of Wendy Brown’s In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Anti-Democratic Politics in the West (Columbia University Press, 2019). Wendy Brown’s In the Ruins of Neoliberalism is a pithy and brilliant read by a key thinker on these matters. Rather than rehearse the main arguments, I will hone in on a few key points that open the text to fruitful inquiry.  First, we know...

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Beyond the Ruins

Share the post "Beyond the Ruins" This is the first post in our review forum of  Wendy Brown’s In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Anti-Democratic Politics in the West (Columbia University Press, 2019). With now two book-length interventions on neoliberalism and contemporary antidemocracy, Wendy Brown has become the leading social theorist diagnosing the ills of neoliberalism and, in particular, its deleterious effects on public, political, and democratic life....

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Book Forum: In the Ruins of Neoliberalism

Share the post "Book Forum: In the Ruins of Neoliberalism" When we first started Tocqueville 21 in early 2018, Wendy Brown was one of the very first people we reached out to for insights into our contemporary democratic world. Her 2015 book Undoing the Demos quickly became the definitive account of how neoliberalism has undermined much of what makes a democratic politics and society possible. When first spoke with Brown two years ago—in what remains one of our most...

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Revue de Presse: March 1

Share the post "Revue de Presse: March 1" Thomas Piketty’s latest book, Capital and Ideology, appears in English this month, and the press will no doubt have more to say about Piketty’s call for a 90 percent inheritance tax and his proposals for “participatory socialism.” But for William Davies, Piketty’s book represents “an astonishing experiment in social science.” Writing for the Guardian, Davies insists that Piketty is no Marxist, even if his sweeping historical...

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