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Revue de Presse: December 1

Share the post "Revue de Presse: December 1" The crisis of liberalism lies in its inability to explain modern phenomena, Katrina Forrester argues in The Guardian. Attempting to understand the turbulent politics of recent years, liberals often point to a decline in norms and civility. Meanwhile, their calls for a more civilized politics often lead to little but a shrinking voting base for liberal parties. For Forrester, what is needed today is less a “revival” of...

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Du jugement politique

Share the post "Du jugement politique" This is only a mini-installment in our ongoing series on close-reading Tocqueville, but it’s a good example of why we do it in the first place. On Twitter, Ivanka Trump posted what appeared to be a quote from Democracy in America suggesting that the impeachment of her father is a sign of the nation’s moral decline: “A decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a...

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Obama and Trump, Pragmatists?

Share the post "Obama and Trump, Pragmatists?" The week after Donald Trump was elected, Barack Obama held a press conference in which he called the then-President-elect “pragmatic.” Did Obama see in Trump the same flexibility and realism for which Obama himself has so often been praised? Or was Obama just being tactful, trying to calm a turbulent 2016 campaign with an empty compliment? Before we can establish whether Obama and Trump share a basic approach—however...

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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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