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« Demain le ciel sera plus bleu » : remarques sur les élections nationales grecques

Share the post "« Demain le ciel sera plus bleu » : remarques sur les élections nationales grecques" « Demain le ciel sera plus bleu », annonçait Kyriakos Mitsotákis au soir des élections nationales en Grèce, où son parti, Nea Dimokratia [Nouvelle Démocratie] rassembla 39,8% des votes, emportant la victoire contre la gauche de SYRIZA, jusque-là au pouvoir. Nea Dimokratia (ND) pourra gouverner seule, sans aucun besoin de coalition, quelque chose qui n’a pas été possible...

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How Not to Do Regime Change in Venezuela

Share the post "How Not to Do Regime Change in Venezuela" There is no obvious “right” answer to Venezuela’s current crisis; there are however many wrong ones. Among the most assertive responses is the current domestically-led and US-backed effort to oust Venezuela’s sitting President Nicolás Maduro and install self-proclaimed “interim-president” Juan Guaidó. The only problem so far: attempts at regime change appear unlikely to succeed, let alone address the present...

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The Company and The Banisters We Keep

Share the post "The Company and The Banisters We Keep" “Dear Gerhard, … Your letter contains a number of uncontroversial claims—uncontroversial because they are quite simply wrong. I’ll begin with them so we can move on to the issues worth discussing. …” Just before the 2016 presidential election I wrote an essay reviewing a handful of books and films about Hannah Arendt. In my closing comments I suggested that it may be tempting to romanticize Arendt as someone who...

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The Civil War as Revolution

Share the post "The Civil War as Revolution" Americans tend to forget that our Revolution was also a civil war, and our Civil War was also a revolution. The War for Independence is overshadowed by the drama of inspired statesmen creating an entirely new Republic. Only military specialists care whether George Washington was lucky or skillful as a general. What matters is that he could have seized absolute power and didn’t. Our collective memory of the Civil War is...

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Harmony Korine’s Wasteland Wonderlands

Share the post "Harmony Korine’s Wasteland Wonderlands" Despite their emphasis on anarchy and debauchery, Harmony Korine’s films about poverty are actually not very fun to watch. In fact, the director of Gummo (1997) and Spring Breakers (2012) has become somewhat notorious for his stylistic obsession with repulsive images, and his free-wheeling portraits of America’s forgotten lodgers often toe the line between cinema-verité documentary and horror. Though recently...

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Sophia Rosenfeld replies to her readers

Share the post "Sophia Rosenfeld replies to her readers" This is the follow-up to our book forum on Sophia Rosenfeld’s Democracy and Truth: A Short History. Is it odd to begin by saying that I am thrilled with the serious critiques that this impressive group of scholars has leveled at Democracy and Truth: A Short History? I am, of course, also delighted that they found merit in the basic argument, as well as style, of the book. But I am especially pleased by their...

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Austria, Post-Ibiza

Share the post "Austria, Post-Ibiza" At first glance, it looks like not much changed in the Austrian elections to the European Parliament compared to 2014. The center-right ÖVP came in first place again, though with considerable gains of eight percent; everyone else basically came in exactly where they had come in before, with the social democrats in second place, the far-right FPÖ losing three per cent to come in third place, and the Greens on the fourth place with 14...

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Is Populism Specific to Democracy?

Share the post "Is Populism Specific to Democracy?" This is the third review in our book forum on Sophia Rosenfeld’s Democracy and Truth: A Short History. In Democracy and Truth: A Short History, Sophia Rosenfeld tackles the vexed relation between democracy and truth in the contemporary United States. Drawing on insights from Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and philosophers of science, Rosenfeld’s analysis is not primarily a disquisition on a priori philosophical...

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Eloge du pluralisme

Share the post "Eloge du pluralisme" Ceci est le deuxième compte-rendu de notre table ronde sur Democracy and Truth : A Short History par Sophia Rosenfeld. Où que l’on pose le regard, le paysage politique des démocraties libérales présente le même spectacle de désolation. Le président des Etats-Unis passe ses jours et ses nuits à rédiger des messages de 140 signes qui n’entretiennent qu’un rapport évasif avec le monde réel, sans que ses partisans ne lui en tiennent...

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Should Defenders of Truth Defend Democracy?

Share the post "Should Defenders of Truth Defend Democracy?" This is the first review in our book forum on Sophia Rosenfeld’s Democracy and Truth: A Short History. A short history of the relation between democracy and truth from the middle of the eighteenth century up until the present, Sophia Rosenfeld’s new book is a triumph of erudition, insight and brevity. It historicizes contemporary anxieties about “post-truth” politics, showing that the tension between...

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