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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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“Your national greatness, swelling vanity”

Share the post "“Your national greatness, swelling vanity”" As Donald Trump prepares, at the last minute, an over-the-top military parade for the Fourth of July—and as I prepare to take a few days off for the holiday—I thought I’d share a brief snapshot from my reporting with Charlie Hebdo a few years back. One Fourth of July, Charlie cartoonist Riss and I found ourselves at Malcolm X Park in West Philadelphia (not far from where I’m spending the summer now), where a...

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Restricting the Ballot, to Save Democracy

Share the post "Restricting the Ballot, to Save Democracy" This is a student post, in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Democracy Initiative. Trump’s failure to release his tax returns during the 2016 election shattered a presidential norm dating back 40 years, but state legislators are fighting back. In more than 20 states, bills have been introduced which would require presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns in order to appear on...

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The Problem with the Horse’s Mouth: The Case for the White House Press Briefing

Share the post "The Problem with the Horse’s Mouth: The Case for the White House Press Briefing" This is a student post, in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Democracy Initiative. In 1913, Woodrow Wilson held the White House’s first press conference. In 1914, the White House Correspondents Association was formed to protect the journalists assigned to cover the White House. In 1929, President Herbert Hoover formally established the position of White House...

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Voulons-nous vraiment la démocratie?

Share the post "Voulons-nous vraiment la démocratie?" Sur le film What is democracy ? d’Astra Taylor (Zeitgeist Films, 2018) Les mots doivent garder leur sens, surtout lorsqu’ils portent les valeurs de toute une époque. « What is democracy ? » : la question, entêtante comme un ostinato, que ce film d’Astra Taylor adresse à un panel varié d’intellectuel.le.s et d’anonymes ne va pas de soi, et surtout, ne doit pas aller de soi. Le premier enjeu, pour la réalisatrice...

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Des murs ou des digues ?

Share the post "Des murs ou des digues ?" Cet article apparaîtra dans le prochain numéro de The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville, Vol. XXXX, n°1 (2019). Dans le système de la liberté naturelle, le souverain n’a que trois devoirs à remplir ; trois devoirs, à la vérité, d’une haute importance, mais clairs, simples et à la portée d’une intelligence ordinaire. Le premier, c’est le devoir de défendre la société de tout acte de violence ou d’invasion de la part des...

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David Runciman : La démocratie en crise de milieu de vie

Share the post "David Runciman : La démocratie en crise de milieu de vie" David Runciman s’est rendu à l’Université de Chicago en février 2019 pour y donner une conférence sur la notion d’ « artificialité » chez Hobbes et présenter son dernier livre, How Democracy Ends. Il s’est entretenu à cette occasion avec Jacob Hamburger et Danielle Charrette, au sujet de « l’âge moyen » de la démocratie, des gilets jaunes et des dangers de Facebook. Read this interview in...

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Therapy for Middle-Aged Democracies

Share the post "Therapy for Middle-Aged Democracies" Jacob Hamburger and Danielle Charette sat down with David Runciman at the University of Chicago, just after his Political Theory Workshop presentation, where he connected ideas of artificiality and corporatism found in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan to present worries about regulating tech giants like Facebook. The previous evening, Professor Runciman delivered a lecture at the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium...

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Reading Kamel Daoud in America

Share the post "Reading Kamel Daoud in America" Review of Kamel Daoud, Chroniques: Selected Columns, 2010-2016 (Other Press, 2018)Translated by Elisabeth Zerofsky I’m a latecomer to the Affaire Daoud. I overlooked the fawning coverage that Kamel Daoud’s novel, The Meursault Investigation, received from the international press in 2015. And I also missed the international indignation at a column he wrote for Le Monde the following January. That piece, “Cologne, lieu de...

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Midterm Thoughts

Share the post "Midterm Thoughts" The Point Magazine was kind enough to invite me to participate in a series of reflections on the 2018 midterms. My thoughts on voting after moving from Paris to Chicago are below. See The Point’s full series here, featuring Lauren Michele Jackson, Anastasia Berg, Jon Baskin, Rosemarie Ho, Robert L. Kehoe III, Jesse McCarthy, and Rachel Wiseman. Two years ago, I expected my friends and neighbors in Paris to react to the election of...

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