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Education and Property for All: Thomas Piketty on Capital and Ideology

Share the post "Education and Property for All: Thomas Piketty on Capital and Ideology" With the publication of Capital in the Twenty-First Century in 2013, Thomas Piketty became perhaps the world’s best-known chronicler and theorist of global inequality. His latest book, Capital and Ideology, pushes the conversation on inequality a step further, examining the ideologies that justify inequality across history, and laying out a platform for what Piketty calls a...

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On Parliamentarism: A Reply to Varouxakis and Rubinelli

Share the post "On Parliamentarism: A Reply to Varouxakis and Rubinelli" William Selinger offers a response to his reviewers in our “Parliamentary Thinking” book forum.  It is a pleasure to respond to Georgios Varouxakis and Lucia Rubinelli’s commentaries on Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber. I could not have hoped for two more careful and insightful engagements with this book. Because Varouxakis has provided an in-depth description of the book’s contents, I will...

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Parliamentary Continuities

Share the post "Parliamentary Continuities" This is the first review in our “Parliamentary Thinking” book forum.  Review of William Selinger, Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber (Cambridge University Press, 2019). William Selinger’s book is a very important work on a surprisingly neglected topic of immense significance, both historical and contemporary. Though there are countless works on “liberalism,” “liberal political thought” and the like, there is no work...

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Book Forum: Parliamentary Thinking

Share the post "Book Forum: Parliamentary Thinking" This is the launch of a joint book forum on “Parliamentary Thinking.” William Selinger, Parliamentarism: From Burke to Weber (Cambridge University Press, 2019) Gregory Conti, Parliament the Mirror of the Nation: Representation, Deliberation, and Democracy in Victorian Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2019) Introduction: Parliamentary Thinking In his Lettres sur les Anglais, Voltaire refused to liken the...

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Démocratie dans la rue, démocratie en danger

Share the post "Démocratie dans la rue, démocratie en danger" En Avril 2019, Arthur Goldhammer a prononcé ce discours aux étudiants de l’Université de Chicago. Nous sommes reconnaissants de sa permission de publier ses remarques dans notre forum sur les l’Université et la démocratie, organisé en tandem avec le blog Journal of History and Ideas. Cet entretien a été traduit par Justin Saint-Loubert-Bié (read it in English here).   « Qui suis-je et pourquoi suis-je ici?...

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L’Ancien Régime, et la Révolution au Liban

Share the post "L’Ancien Régime, et la Révolution au Liban" Note de l’éditeur : Après la sortie de son article sur le soulèvement au Liban, Farès Sassine nous a fait suivre ce message reçu de Stéphane Malsagne, professeur de l’histoire libanaise à Sciences-Po. M. Malsagne a très généreusement accepté de publier sa réponse, qui commente sur la situation libanaise sous un oeil tocquevillien, sur ce blog. Cher Farès, J’ai lu en détail ton article. C’est une très belle...

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“Why Great Revolutions Will Become Rare”

Share the post "“Why Great Revolutions Will Become Rare”" Judging by the various mass protest movements that have erupted around the world in recent years (see the rest of our series on global revolt here), there have been no shortage of potential triggers for something similar in the United States. One common reason for these uprisings have been government policies imposing increased costs on basic needs of many working- and middle-class people: even modest raises in...

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Political Theory and American Literature

Share the post "Political Theory and American Literature" The journal Political Theory has been experimenting with retrospective online “Guides” on key articles and themes over the course of the journal’s history. I worked with the editors on a “Guide” highlighting the relationship between political theory and American literature. Political theorists such as Judith Shklar, Michael Rogin, George Kateb, Jack Turner, and Lawrie Balfour invoke literary examples—especially...

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From Democracy in the Streets to Democracy in Danger

Share the post "From Democracy in the Streets to Democracy in Danger" In April 2019, Arthur Goldhammer delivered the following speech to the University of Chicago Democracy Initiative and Social Sciences Collegiate Division. We are grateful for his permission to reprint his remarks as part of our joint forum on the Academy and Democracy with the Journal of the History of Ideas blog.   “Who am I and why am I here?” You’re all too young to remember the 1992...

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Du jugement politique

Share the post "Du jugement politique" This is only a mini-installment in our ongoing series on close-reading Tocqueville, but it’s a good example of why we do it in the first place. On Twitter, Ivanka Trump posted what appeared to be a quote from Democracy in America suggesting that the impeachment of her father is a sign of the nation’s moral decline: “A decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a...

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