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Des formes, et de la politique

Share the post "Des formes, et de la politique" Justine Lacroix, Jean-Yves Pranchère et Anton Jäger ont eu l’amabilité de partager quelques-unes de leurs réflexions critiques à propos de mon livre Slow Démocratie, paru à l’automne 2019. Le principal nœud de la critique de Lacroix et Pranchère tient à la présentation que je fais de la nation comme une « forme politique » difficilement dépassable. Ils soulèvent des objections importantes, efficaces, parfois redoutables,...

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Start Up Nation from the Left

Share the post "Start Up Nation from the Left" Ceci est le second texte dans notre échange sur Slow Démocratie, par David Djaïz (Editions Allary, 2019).  Few will remember the “Slow Science” movement. In 2011, a group of academics launched a call in The Atlantic for a decelerated research ethic. “We need time to think and we do need time to digest,” their manifesto claimed, including “time to misunderstand each other, especially when fostering lost dialogue between...

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La nation est-elle une forme politique ?

Share the post "La nation est-elle une forme politique ?" Ceci est le premier texte dans notre échange sur Slow Démocratie, par David Djaïz (Editions Allary, 2019).  Le livre de David Djaïz dresse un tableau clair et pédagogique de la déstabilisation de la démocratie européenne par quarante ans de mondialisation néolibérale. La synthèse proposée est efficace et utile ; elle s’appuie sur nombre de travaux scientifiques importants (en économie, sociologie et science...

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Focus : Slow Démocratie

Share the post "Focus : Slow Démocratie" L’« euphorie » de la mondialisation est derrière nous. Après quatre décennies d’exaltation d’un monde plus ouvert, prospère, interdépendant et interconnecté – une terre plate, une planète sans frontières – force est de constater que cette vision était une mirage. Nous qui avons vécu la crise financière de 2008, la crise démocratique à partir de 2016 et les multiples crises écologiques et sanitaires à venir, ne pourrons jamais...

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Ruins and Renewal: An Interview with Wendy Brown

Share the post "Ruins and Renewal: An Interview with Wendy Brown" To conclude our book forum on In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Anti-Democratic Politics in the West (Columbia University Press, 2019), we spoke with Wendy Brown about some of the key questions raised by her four reviews.  Jacob Hamburger: We wanted to start a bit like we began our last interview a few years ago—because Emma Mackinnon’s review gets right to the heart of this—by asking how you...

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American Dreamwork

But more than just attack the realm of politics, and so constrain the reach of popular power, she argues, neoliberalism denigrates the social, denying both the principle of equality and the vocabulary in which to demand it. In attacking both the political and the social, it elevates not just the market, but, especially for Hayek, a particular notion of traditional morality. On Hayek’s view, tradition had evolved to hold society together organically. With that organic traditionalism, he hoped...

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Is Friedrich Hayek to Blame for our Political Crisis?

Share the post "Is Friedrich Hayek to Blame for our Political Crisis?" I am grateful to participate in this discussion, having learned so much over the years from Wendy Brown’s work—especially her writings on neoliberalism. What I offer here is not meant as criticism so much as an expression of my curiosity upon reading her latest book.   I am most curious about the role that the “primacy of the political” plays in the book. Brown states her ambition in In the Ruins...

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Cartographies of Subjugated Critique

Share the post "Cartographies of Subjugated Critique" This is the second 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). Wendy Brown’s In the Ruins of Neoliberalism is a pithy and brilliant read by a key thinker on these matters. Rather than rehearse the main arguments, I will hone in on a few key points that open the text to fruitful inquiry.  First, we know...

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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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