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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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Tocqueville’s Democratic Historians

Share the post "Tocqueville’s Democratic Historians" We’ve decided to experiment with a new feature on the blog called “close-reading Tocqueville.” The premise is simple: we’ll periodically select one chapter from Tocqueville’s corpus and comment on what we find. To begin, I chose Tocqueville’s chapter, “On Certain Tendencies Peculiar to Historians in Democratic Centuries” (Democracy in America, II.1.20). The chapter follows a series of reflections on genre, in which...

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Revue de Presse: August 18

Share the post "Revue de Presse: August 18" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s weekly revue de presse, where we recap some of the most thought-provoking articles we’ve seen on democracy and politics in France, the US, and beyond. As always, the articles we relay here do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and interns that put this list together, just what we think is worth reading. In a symposium published by Syndicate Theology, four scholars respond to Gary...

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Revue de Presse: August 11

Share the post "Revue de Presse: August 11" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s weekly revue de presse, where we recap some of the most thought-provoking articles we’ve seen on democracy and politics in France, the US, and beyond. As always, the articles we relay here do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and interns that put this list together, just what we think is worth reading. Americans have been seeing the fall of Rome as a mirror for their own anxieties...

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Bassem Youssef’s Satire in Exile

Share the post "Bassem Youssef’s Satire in Exile" By the summer of 2011, Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian surgeon-turned-satirist, had gained a considerable online following among a newly internet-obsessed Egyptian public. In February, vice-president Omar Suliman had announced that President Hosni Mubarak would resign after a thirty-year tenure and two weeks of public demonstrations all across the country. Less than a month later, Youssef uploaded the first episode of his...

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Revue de Presse: August 4

Share the post "Revue de Presse: August 4" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s weekly revue de presse—now appearing on Sundays—where we recap some of the most thought-provoking articles we’ve seen on democracy and politics in France, the US, and beyond. As always, the articles we relay here do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and interns that put this list together, just what we think is worth reading. In Dissent’s latest issue, devoted to the question, “What...

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Revue de Presse: July 27

Share the post "Revue de Presse: July 27" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s weekly revue de presse, where we recap some of the most thought-provoking articles we’ve seen on democracy and politics in France, the US, and beyond. As always, the articles we relay here do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and interns who put this list together, just what we think is worth reading. With the second round of Democratic Party debates just around the corner, Michael...

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« Demain le ciel sera plus bleu » : remarques sur les élections nationales grecques

Share the post "« Demain le ciel sera plus bleu » : remarques sur les élections nationales grecques" « Demain le ciel sera plus bleu », annonçait Kyriakos Mitsotákis au soir des élections nationales en Grèce, où son parti, Nea Dimokratia [Nouvelle Démocratie] rassembla 39,8% des votes, emportant la victoire contre la gauche de SYRIZA, jusque-là au pouvoir. Nea Dimokratia (ND) pourra gouverner seule, sans aucun besoin de coalition, quelque chose qui n’a pas été possible...

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How Not to Do Regime Change in Venezuela

Share the post "How Not to Do Regime Change in Venezuela" There is no obvious “right” answer to Venezuela’s current crisis; there are however many wrong ones. Among the most assertive responses is the current domestically-led and US-backed effort to oust Venezuela’s sitting President Nicolás Maduro and install self-proclaimed “interim-president” Juan Guaidó. The only problem so far: attempts at regime change appear unlikely to succeed, let alone address the present...

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Revue de Presse: July 20

Share the post "Revue de Presse: July 20" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s weekly revue de presse, where we recap some of the most thought-provoking articles we’ve seen on democracy and politics in France, the US, and beyond. As always, the articles we relay here do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and interns that put this list together, just what we think is worth reading. Three months after the astonishing Notre Dame fire, the New York Times published a...

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Illuminer les ombres – An interview with Dick Howard

Share the post "Illuminer les ombres – An interview with Dick Howard" Danielle Charette and Matthew Jackson interviewed Dick Howard about his career on the New Left and his latest book, Les Ombres de l’Amérique: De Kennedy à Trump (Éditions François Bourin, 2018). Howard taught philosophy and political theory at Stony Brook University for many years and is the author of fifteen books, four originally written in French. He has also published political commentaries for...

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