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March 02, 2007

New Month, Old Tradition

But overwhelmed I is.

Posted by The Lounsbury at March 2, 2007 04:29 PM
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I've been watching a few French media pundits blither on TV for half an hour now and I couldn't take it anymore, I zapped with an emphatic "ta gueule, putain".

The current French electoral campaign is really grotesque. Am I the only one who's got the impression that the French prevailing discourse and thinking is absolutely removed from any rationality? Grandiloquent words and values, shallow debates appealing to hypocritical emotions, core issues left aside in favor of nitpicking on meaningless details...

Posted by: Shaheen [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 4, 2007 07:51 PM

. . .prevailing discourse and thinking is absolutely removed from any rationality? Grandiloquent words and values, shallow debates appealing to hypocritical emotions, core issues left aside in favor of nitpicking on meaningless details...

And this differs from elections elsewhere in space and time....how?

Posted by: matthew hogan at March 4, 2007 11:38 PM

Matthew, when I walk down the streets in say, Canada, I see electoral campaigns, you're right, there's some of the pompous stuff, but it's not so completely removed from reality either. I mean, they deal with some real issues, they make some real promises, etc., as insignificant as they might be.

In France, there is some form of consensus on the "bien pensant" (litteraly, "well thinking") that is completely out of sync with day to day reality. Words have lost their meanings, really. "Republic" is used for everything, and everyone is defending his view of the status quo throwing it. No serious discussion about possible causes of the chronic high unemployment that plagues France (try to bring the word "liberalize" and you'll hear a lot of horrified "republic" - and I'm not exagerating, this is not a caricature), nothing about the riots of 15 months ago (try mentioning discrimination, and you'll hear the same, and maybe some "equality" or - god forbid -"communautarisme"), etc. I wouldn't be able to quote a single concrete (ya3ni with some real effect) measure that was promised so far (actually, I would, the elimination of the CNE by Royal, the contract that allows employers to fire an unsatisfying employees during the first two years, which is a completely ridiculous measure rooted in pure old fashioned leftist ideology).

Posted by: Shaheen [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 5, 2007 02:11 AM

Matt

I have to say French political blithering on seems to exhibit these days its own very special disconnect.

Also, the utter generalness of the disconnect. Of course, while it is a bit stereotypical to say this, everything begins with theory in France.

Posted by: The Lounsbury at March 5, 2007 08:48 AM

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