Prélude au chaos: les primaires aux États-Unis

May 29th, 2016

Analysis of the early stages of the U.S. Primary Elections on the side of Republicans and Democrats. Who were the candidates, why did they propose to run, what did they want to do? This is a running commentary with critical reflections on the candidates and the parties that they claimed to represent. It was completed after the Super Tuesday primaries which seemed to outline the future results.

Published in the Bi-monthly French magazine Diplomacy, number 80, May-June 2016.

Some of the descriptions and analyses here led to the conclusions proposed in Le Monde, 24 mai 2016, “Les Primaires, un mirage démocratique”.

Prélude au chaos, les primaires…

The resistance of those who desire not to be ruled

June 2nd, 2012

Abstract of article that appeared in Philosophy & Social Criticism, Vol. 38, No 4-5, 2012:

There are many recent historical analogies to the events that began in Tunisia and have spread

across the Arab world and beyond. I consider them, and then propose a ‘Machiavellian’ reading,

going back to the Florentine’s observation that humankind is made up of those who want to

rule and those who desire not to be ruled. I then suggest, by means of an allusion to my recent

book, The Primacy of the Political: A History of Political Thought from the Greeks to the French and

American Revolutions, that the distinction between politics and anti-politics is crucial for the

analysis of the next stages of these revolutions. Finally, with reference to Hannah Arendt’s

considerations of civil disobedience, I suggest a means of interpreting the possibilities that are

on the horizon.


anti-politics, Arab Spring, Arendt, Machiavelli, Marx, resistance

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