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Zemmour : Un Trump-l’Oeil ?

Share the post "Zemmour : Un Trump-l’Oeil ?" The 2022 presidential campaign launch of polemicist Eric Zemmour on the 30th of November caused a stir in the national French commentariat. In a video as (politically) flamboyant as a San Francisco Pride Parade, Zemmour brought his considerable oratory skills to bear and marshalled his understanding of French history into a simmering cocktail of despair. France, he intoned to the somber toll of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony...

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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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Revue de Presse: August 11

Share the post "Revue de Presse: August 11" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s weekly revue de presse, 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. Americans have been seeing the fall of Rome as a mirror for their own anxieties...

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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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Focus: Liberalism and Identity Politics

Share the post "Focus: Liberalism and Identity Politics" Is a republican politics—in the sense of the French République—possible in the United States? Much has been said about Mark Lilla’s The Once and Future Liberal and the November 2016 New York Times essay that preceded it, but this question has seldom entered the debate over his prescriptions for American liberalism. As many readers of this blog might perceive throughout the following exchange, however, Lilla’s...

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My Totally Correct Views on Everything

Share the post "My Totally Correct Views on Everything" First, let me express my gratitude to Tocqueville 21 and The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville for hosting this symposium and for the sharp and constructive remarks of the respondents. My thanks are not pro forma. Since the publication of the New York Times article that inspired The Once and Future Liberal I have had almost no chance in this country to engage with rational, thoughtful criticism of my...

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Lilla, Liberalism, and American Politics

Share the post "Lilla, Liberalism, and American Politics" What is there left to say about Mark Lilla’s The Once and Future Liberal? Few serious books about American politics in recent years have prompted such an impressive volume of reviews and commentary. Yes, in these polarized times, much of it has been either vituperatively or snarkily dismissive. But much of it has been serious and engaged, and many of the reactions I had in first reading the book have already...

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Identity Politics in a Liberal Democracy

Share the post "Identity Politics in a Liberal Democracy" After the 2016 election Democrats were left to ponder: what went wrong and what was to be done? Of the many interventions that followed, perhaps none generated as much debate as Mark Lilla’s. First in an op-ed and then a book, Lilla took the left and the Democrats to task for losing their way, and thereby facilitating the radicalization of the Republican Party and the election of Donald Trump. Despite making...

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L’affaire Lilla

Share the post "L’affaire Lilla" Lilla swings hard. On almost every page of this essay we learn that as far as American politics goes, someone has done or is doing something they shouldn’t; someone is or should be doing something else; and many of us, especially in the academic world, aren’t doing much of anything useful at all. This book is therefore not so much a call to action as a call to change course. In his own words, it is about “getting real.” And why not?...

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This Time It’s Different

Share the post "This Time It’s Different" This week, rail workers and civil servants in France staged a massive demonstration against Emmanuel Macron’s planned reform of the national rail service, coordinated with plans for an ongoing transit strike. A few days later, high school students led by the survivors of the Parkland, Florida massacre held a march on Washington to demand stricter gun control. Both movements claim to be poised to deliver what their predecessors...

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