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Revue de Presse: 31 October 2021

Share the post "Revue de Presse: 31 October 2021"   French politics French politics has been unusually present in the US media of late: in Jacobin, Harrison Stetler reports on Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s presidential candidacy, which so far has failed to make any headway. In the Nation, Cole Stangler interviews and profiles Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who, for now at least, remains the strongest presidential contender on the French Left. Stangler gives a good sense of JLM’s...

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Le populisme « créole » de Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Share the post "Le populisme « créole » de Jean-Luc Mélenchon" L’époque accélérée où nous vivons nous fait perdre la notion du temps. Cela fait déjà un peu plus de dix ans que Jean-Luc Mélenchon s’est rapproché du populisme de gauche. En 2010, pour la première fois, il se revendique comme étant « populiste ». Pourtant, à ce moment-là son adhésion à ce type de discours est encore timide. En 2012, lors d’un colloque à Buenos Aires avec des théoriciens du populisme de...

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Interview: Chantal Mouffe on democracy, populism, and why the Left needs to read Spinoza

Share the post "Interview: Chantal Mouffe on democracy, populism, and why the Left needs to read Spinoza" Chantal Mouffe is a democratic theorist whose work as been cited as an inspiration for radical political movements across the globe, and who has elicited controversy for her advoacy of left-wing populism. She is the Professor of Political Theory at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, and her books include Gramsci and Marxist...

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The European Elections

Share the post "The European Elections" This week’s elections for the European Parliament may be the most consequential in the continent’s history. On the one hand, right-wing parties and other anti-establishment “populist” movements may be poised for victories that would further upset what had once been stable assumptions about what the European Union was for: from economic integration to humanitarian values. The ongoing confusion over the United Kingdom’s...

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Mélenchon: “Federate the people!”

Share the post "Mélenchon: “Federate the people!”" Jean-Luc Mélenchon contains multitudes. After the Notre-Dame fire, he was among the most eloquent of commentators, intimately familiar with the history of the cathedral. But his familiarity with the vast panorama of French history did not prevent him from ludicrously comparing Éric Drouet, one of the leaders of the leaderless Gilets Jaunes, to Jean-Baptiste Drouet, the postmaster of Sainte-Menehould, le bon citoyen who...

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The Return of Populism

Share the post "The Return of Populism" Review of Le Retour des populismes : L’État du monde 2019, edited by Bertrand Badie and Dominique Vidal (La Découverte, 2018). The populism industry is booming. According to numbers assembled by Cas Mudde and Cristobal Kaltwasser in their Oxford Handbook of Populism (2017), the number of Anglophone publications containing the word “populism” in the title rose from 300 in the 1970s to more than 800 in the 2000s, rising steadily...

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More thoughts on immigration and the left

Share the post "More thoughts on immigration and the left" Photo by Laurie Shall After a number of comments and conversations since my last post on the so-called “nationalist” left in Europe, I have two quick thoughts I want to add. First, some people have taken issue with my characterization of Sahra Wagenknecht and Aufstehen, her movement within the German left party Die Linke, as “anti-migrant.” I should clarify what I meant here. I don’t think Wagenknecht and her...

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On “Left nationalism”

Share the post "On “Left nationalism”" In the attempt to hold myself to my new year’s resolution of posting here rather than in long Twitter threads, I want to flesh out my reaction to a provocative article published this week in The Nation by David Adler, entitled “Meet Europe’s Left Nationalists.” Adler focuses on Sahra Wagenknecht in Germany, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and Jeremy Corbyn as examples of leaders of major left-wing movements or parties that have given up on...

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The Revolution Will Be Livestreamed

Share the post "The Revolution Will Be Livestreamed" Over the last several years I’ve tried to resist comparisons between Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Bernie Sanders, mostly because these comparisons tend to posit a simplistic notion of “left-wing populism” that obscures the obvious differences in style and ideology between the two men and the movements that support them. Recently, though, coverage of Sanders and younger American socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has...

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Yellow Fever

Share the post "Yellow Fever" France is finally on the verge of a national mobilization capable of bringing the country to its knees: the gilets jaunes movement, which began primarily as a revolt against diesel taxes in rural and suburban areas. It is a fitting movement for the Macron era, since like the the president himself has characteristically claimed to be, it is neither obviously of the left nor obviously of the right. If we are to believe the videos that have...

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