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James Baldwin’s Democracy: Can Full Representation through Black Liberation Save America from Itself?

Share the post "James Baldwin’s Democracy: Can Full Representation through Black Liberation Save America from Itself?" James Baldwin’s paternal grandmother was born into slavery. The preceding generations had lived and died in it. Chronology is not causation, but the writer’s attraction to the radical current can be better understood in light of this fact. The giant of mid-century American letters was near enough to bondage to know and love someone who had been bound....

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When Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X met

Share the post "When Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X met" “Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Waiting for Press Conference” March 26, 1964. Library of Congress, via Creative Commons (Public Domain) Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X met only once, a chance encounter at the US Capitol on March 26, 1964. The two men were at the Capitol to listen to a debate over what would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a measure that banned discrimination in employment,...

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Alain Bertho : Le temps des révoltes

Share the post "Alain Bertho : Le temps des révoltes" Alors que les manifestations et les révoltes se multiplient au niveau mondial depuis deux ans, notre stagiaire Justin Saint-Loubert-Bié a interviewé Alain Bertho, professeur d’anthropologie à l’Université de Paris 8 et expert sur les révoltes, la mondialisation et l’altermondialisme. La conversation porta sur son essai Les enfants du chaos : Essai sur le temps des martyrs (Éditions La Découverte, 2016) et son...

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Do Better: Truth and Good as Process

Share the post "Do Better: Truth and Good as Process" In our societies, the Good and the True are ultimate values. They are ideals we strive for and the primary standards by which we judge people and claims. There are good and bad people; we praise the former and condemn the latter. Some people are right, and others are wrong. We believe and listen to those that speak the truth, and we call “fake news” when others spread falsities. According to this perspective,...

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Revue de Presse: July 26

Share the post "Revue de Presse: July 26" H-Diplo brings together a roundtable featuring four reviews of Iain Stewart’s book, Raymond Aron and Liberal Thought in the Twentieth Century. Aron is often characterized as a “Cold War liberal,” but Stewart adds nuance to this label by reading Aron’s oeuvre though the lens of “liberalism” in general and the French liberal tradition in particular. Joshua L. Cherniss praises Stewart’s distinction between “Cold War liberalism”...

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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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« Si l’Amérique éprouve jamais de grandes révolutions… »

Share the post "« Si l’Amérique éprouve jamais de grandes révolutions… »" A few months ago, after we ran a series of reflections on mass protests in 2019, I wrote a post on why the United States had not seen the kind of spontaneous uprisings that had broken out in places like France, Hong Kong, Lebanon, or Algeria. Now, in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Americans have not only joined this wave of revolt, but have also inspired solidarity...

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Focus: Prisons and Police

Share the post "Focus: Prisons and Police" There’s something strange, almost perverse, in the idea that prisons and police have anything to do with democracy at all. Of course, every country that calls itself a democracy patrols its streets and incarcerates those it deems to be wrongdoers—despite the calls today for abolition in many parts of the world, no democracy has taken up such a radical challenge. But the criminal justice system is one area of democratic...

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