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Do Better: Truth and Good as Process

Share the post "Do Better: Truth and Good as Process" In our societies, the Good and the True are ultimate values. They are ideals we strive for and the primary standards by which we judge people and claims. There are good and bad people; we praise the former and condemn the latter. Some people are right, and others are wrong. We believe and listen to those that speak the truth, and we call “fake news” when others spread falsities. According to this perspective,...

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Isolation, Loneliness, and Solitude: Hannah Arendt’s Triumvirate

Share the post "Isolation, Loneliness, and Solitude: Hannah Arendt’s Triumvirate" Is it still I that burns there all alone?Unrecognizable? memories denied?O life, o life: being outside.And I in flames—no one is left—unknown. —Rainer Maria Rilke, Komm Du (1926), trans. by Walter Kaufmann (1975) The only possible metaphor one may conceive of for the life of the mind is the sensation of being alive. Without the breath of life the human body is a corpse; without...

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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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The “Restructuring” of Hong Kong and the Rise of Neostatism

Share the post "The “Restructuring” of Hong Kong and the Rise of Neostatism" For several years, observers have noted that many Chinese intellectuals who identified as “new left” critics of the PRC’s market reforms in the 1990s and 2000s have since then not only endorsed state capitalism, but also argued in favor of sovereignism and nationalism. Xu Jilin, a professor of intellectual history at East China Normal University in Shanghai, was one of the first to identify...

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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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Coronavirus : Réalisme, pragmatisme, et utopie

Share the post "Coronavirus : Réalisme, pragmatisme, et utopie" Il est toujours difficile, au cœur d’un moment important, de faire la part de l’événement et de ce qui est appelé à durer, des circonstances accidentelles et des virages définitifs. Il ne semble cependant pas trop tôt pour tirer quelques leçons de réalisme politique de l’épidémie. Vous avez dit « réalisme » ? Voilà un mot que s’arroge la droite libérale depuis vingt ans, prétextant avoir pour elle la...

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The Achilles’ Curve: Greece’s Management of the Covid-19 Crisis

Share the post "The Achilles’ Curve: Greece’s Management of the Covid-19 Crisis" Greece handled the coronavirus crisis “so well, so far” according to CNN journalist Nic Robertson. The country’s strict lockdown ended on 5 May 2020, after fifty days with schools and non-essential businesses as well as many public spaces closed. As a result, Greece has been reporting an average of less than fifteen new Covid-19 cases per day since April 24. Prime Minister Kyriakos...

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Foucault on Liberal Democracy, Historicism and Philosophy

Modern democracy began with such appeals to history. An oppressed demos, it is said, has been held down for too long by an enemy, which has constituted the state, law, ideology, etc. to make it forget its oppression. For this demos, remembering itself and renewing its struggle are one; the first step to seizing power is to assert its identity and to contest the forms of knowledge that suppress it. Such a story, Foucault argues, underwrites every populist and national revolution, every...

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French-Style Healthcare Reform: A Moderate Proposal

Share the post "French-Style Healthcare Reform: A Moderate Proposal" Just after becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee earlier this month, Joe Biden publicly endorsed lowering Medicare’s eligibility age from 65 to 60. Despite the extraordinary health crisis that has coincided with the 2020 presidential race, this is hardly an ambitious proposal: even alongside his plan for a public health insurance option, it is far less sweeping than Bernie Sanders’s call to...

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