Et tu, Berger?

Emmanuel Macron appears to have lost Laurent Berger. This is the French political equivalent of a bad Groundhog Day: we are in for at least six more weeks of winter […]

New article: The Fury in France

I’ve been holding off on writing about the current strikes because the New York Times was kind enough to ask me to write an opinion piece on the subject, which just […]

Taxe Warren sur la fortune : sortir du piège de la croissance

La campagne pour l’investiture démocrate à la présidentielle américaine d’Elizabeth Warren est incontestablement la sensation politique de l’année à gauche. Deux de ses propositions jugées « radicales » par les commentateurs conservateurs […]

Fear of the Ivory Tower

This is a commentary in our special forum on the Academy and Democracy, jointly hosted with the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog. We asked contributors whether higher education […]

Impasse?

Both sides have reason to be satisfied with the mobilization of Dec. 5. The unions are pleased that the strike received broad support. The number of demonstrators was large, though […]

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 […]

Gaulois réfractaires?

This poll was called to my attention by a reader, Frédéric Lefebvre-Naré. It purports to show that while 75% of the French believe that pension reform is necessary, 64% do […]

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Revue de Presse: December 1

The crisis of liberalism lies in its inability to explain modern phenomena, Katrina Forrester argues in The Guardian. Attempting to understand the turbulent politics of recent years, liberals often point […]

Balcony and Scaffold: Literary Theory and High School English, in the 1960s

This is a commentary in our special forum on the Academy and Democracy, jointly hosted with the Journal of the History of Ideas Blog. We asked contributors whether higher education […]

The Fifth of December

The union mobilization scheduled for Dec. 5 to protest the government’s intention to reform France’s pension system (yet again!) is shaping up as the Mother of All Battles for the […]