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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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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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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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When Neoliberalism Negates Itself

Share the post "When Neoliberalism Negates Itself" Review of William Callison and Zachary Manfredi, eds., Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture (Fordham University Press, 2020). Among its many intellectual repercussions, the current crisis in global politics has forced us to reassess neoliberalism, the ideology that, more than any other, has shaped our present. Despite its highly disruptive effects, neoliberalism had, until recently, seemed...

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Who governs prisons?

Share the post "Who governs prisons?" Review The Puzzle of Prison Order by David Skarbek (Oxford University Press 2020) The Puzzle of Prison Order is a book about prison governance but reads like a story of human resilience. People behind bars do not meekly accept austere conditions and state surveillance. Instead, prisoners repeatedly demonstrate their ability to govern themselves. When prison officials fail to govern, prisoners respond by creating complex...

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What is Christian Democracy?

Share the post "What is Christian Democracy?" Represented in governments across Europe and at the vanguard of the founding of the European project, Christian Democracy was one of the most important postwar political ideologies. Yet surprisingly few studies exist on it. In What is Christian Democracy? Politics, Religion, and Ideology, Carlo Invernizzi Accetti makes a concise but insightful contribution that reminds us of the realities of the postwar European landscape,...

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The Bookish Multitude: A review of D.W. Young’s “Booksellers”

Share the post "The Bookish Multitude: A review of D.W. Young’s “Booksellers”" The release of Booksellers, now available for virtual screening, coincides with a nostalgia many of us feel for those days when we could freely browse the stacks. D. W. Young’s new documentary begins in earnest: “If books disappear, history will disappear, and human beings will also disappear.” But Booksellers is about a very specific sort of human being. Its subjects are not general...

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Come and Take It

Hostilities ensued. The Anglo settlers and native Tejanos took up arms against the Santa Anna government and, in 1836, declared themselves the sovereign Republic of Texas. The Mexican army mobilized and besieged Texian troops, including those garrisoned at San Antonio’s Alamo fortress. Here fact often blurs into legend, as the litany of famous names—James Bowie, Davy Crockett, William Travis—has been appropriated as a parable of fallen valor and the stuff of Texas lore. Chief perhaps among...

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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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