The birth certificate of political modernity…

23/04/2017

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

Approved by the National Assembly of France, August 26, 1789

The representatives of the French people, organized as a National Assembly, believing that the ignorance, neglect, or contempt of the rights of man are the sole cause of public calamities and of the corruption of governments, have determined to set forth in a solemn declaration the natural, unalienable, and sacred rights of man, in order that this declaration, being constantly before all the members of the Social body, shall remind them continually of their rights and duties; in order that the acts of the legislative power, as well as those of the executive power, may be compared at any moment with the objects and purposes of all political institutions and may thus be more respected, and, lastly, in order that the grievances of the citizens, based hereafter upon simple and incontestable principles, shall tend to the maintenance of the constitution and redound to the happiness of all. Therefore the National Assembly recognizes and proclaims, in the presence and under the auspices of the Supreme Being, the following rights of man and of the citizen:

Articles:

1. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be founded only upon the general good. …

 

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The Fifth Republic is not the Weimar Republic!

23/04/2017

We are not in the 1930s, the Fifth Republic is not the Weimar Republic, and it’s crucially important to remember that France is the country that gave to the world, in August 1789, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen,a fundamental document of the French Revolution and in the history of human and civil rights. Whereas Marine Le Pen is an unswerving exponent of the populist Far Right, Emmanuel Macron symbolizes the resurrection of the Center in Franch politics. Marine Le Pen’s all-consumming xenophobia reminds us that Nicolas Chauvin, from whom the term “chauvinism” derives, was French. Macron comes from a republican tradition that includes Gaullists, liberals, and democratic socialists.

 

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The French Dilemma

23/04/2017

Will the parapet resist? This is the French dilemma these days…

Parapet: A low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony.

Image: Georges Seurat, “Man leaning on a parapet,” 1879 – 1881. Thanks, Andrei Octav D

 

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Ciuma

23/04/2017

Qui vivra, verra: Will the xenophobic, neo-Fascist, populist plague prevail in France? Will the ghosts of Pétain, Laval, Doriot, Déat, Maurras etc defeat the legacies of de Gaulle, Jean Moulin, Malraux, Camus, Robert Schuman, Raymond Aron, Mendès France?

 

 

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RPR

23/04/2017

Moștenirea RPR este una a modernizării distorsionate și a unei dezvoltări deraiate, ambele menite să abolească piața liberă și societatea civilă. Ceea ce s-a consacrat în a doua parte a secolului trecut a fost întreruperea cursului firesc al integrării României în modernitate, negarea formei politice naturale care a fost monarhia constituțională, lichidarea pluralismului politic și cultural și, cu consecințe cât se poate de tragice, năruirea statului de drept.

Pentru textul complet si inregistrarea audio:

http://www.europalibera.org/a/blog-vladimir-tismaneanu/28446874.html


Despre prietenie

23/04/2017

Atunci când prietenia se intemeiază pe adevăr, bună-credință şi valori comune, ea este de neclintit.

Imagini: Cu Monica Got si Dominic Negrici la Washington; Cu Miorița Got si Marius Stan la Bucuresti.

 

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Marine Le Pe, le pétainisme, and Putinism

22/04/2017

I dedicate this post to the memory of André Malraux (1901-1976), one of the greatest novelists and public intellectuals of the twentieth century, an uncompromising anto-Fascist fighter. Marine Le Pen doesn’t need to praise le Maréchal, it’s enough that her ideological bricolage is pétainiste in its thrust, phobias, and mythologies. What she wants is “la révolution nationale,” la France pour les Français de bonne souche. Foreigners are apriorically inimical to le bien-être de la nation, they need to be expelled. Next step, eliminated. Then… Her amitié with Putin is ominous and alarming. Marine Le Pen”s victory would mean the second death of Jean Moulin and the demise of the Fifth Republic…

 

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