By Alain Badiou, Alain Finkielkraut
Every thing of their respective positions divides them: Alain Badiou is the philosopher of a revitalized communism and Alain Finkielkraut the mournful observer of the lack of values. the 2 rivals, accrued right here for his or her first-ever debate, have irreconcilable visions. but nor is a stranger to controversy, and during this debate they make particular the grounds in their own dispute in addition to addressing, in a frank and open alternate, their rules and theories.
Guided by means of Aude Lancelin, the 2 philosophers talk about matters as various as nationwide id, Israel and Judaism, may well 1968, and renewed acclaim for the assumption of communism. Their passionate debate is greater than simply the sum overall in their disagreements, despite the fact that, for neither of them is chuffed with the nation of our society or the course within which its political representatives persist in taking it. They agree that there has to be switch and their disagreement during this quantity indicates the significance of asking tricky questions, not just of one another, but in addition of our political platforms.
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Every little thing of their respective positions divides them: Alain Badiou is the philosopher of a revitalized communism and Alain Finkielkraut the mournful observer of the lack of values. the 2 rivals, collected right here for his or her first-ever debate, have irreconcilable visions. but nor is a stranger to controversy, and during this debate they make specific the grounds in their own dispute in addition to addressing, in a frank and open trade, their principles and theories.
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He’s a proletarian, in a nutshell. I’m fond of that old word. There has to be a hierarchy of importance, after all! It’s more important to attack the nucleus of power today than to spend all your time attacking the proletarians, on the typical reactionary pretext that, since they come from somewhere else, they still have the trappings of that otherness about them. Given the way they’re treated, it’s quite understandable that they’re not overflowing with love for this country. I myself am happy to love France but only for what’s lovable about it.
When I was a child in Toulouse, people used to snicker about the Spanish Civil War refugees and say that they put coal in their bathtubs. It’s dismaying to see you doing the same thing! The general proletarization of the world has spread beyond our continent: that’s the only new phenomenon. First we had the Auvergnats, the Italians, and the Poles; now we have the Sri Lankans and the Malians. And you think 12 National Identity and Nations that that’s the problem “French” thought should be focused on?
And you think 12 National Identity and Nations that that’s the problem “French” thought should be focused on? Just between us, with the world everywhere under the control of an extremely close-knit network of financial and media oligarchies that impose a rigid model of development and do so at the price of crises and never-ending wars, to think that the problem, in such a world, is whether girls should wear a headscarf or not strikes me as truly preposterous. And so I see that as a bad omen. It’s the start of a creeping stigmatization targeting one particular minority.
Confrontation: A Conversation with Aude Lancelin by Alain Badiou, Alain Finkielkraut