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By Alain Badiou, Alain Finkielkraut

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 competitors, accumulated 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 trade, their principles and theories.

Guided via Aude Lancelin, the 2 philosophers talk about matters as assorted as nationwide identification, Israel and Judaism, could 1968, and renewed acclaim for the assumption of communism. Their passionate debate is greater than simply the sum overall in their disagreements, even though, for neither of them is happy with the kingdom 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 additionally of our political structures.

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Confrontation: A Conversation with Aude Lancelin

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, amassed the following 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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The school system is done for, as is most of the legacy of the Third and Fourth Republics. Everything needs to be done on a grand scale, independently of these relics that an increasingly tense melancholy makes you cling to. A. Finkielkraut: I have in fact tried to learn as much as possible from the experience of totalitarianism. ”18 We have to get away from all that. Badiou’s world consists of two camps, two blocs, two forces, and then only “one,” once victory has been achieved. There’s never any place for plurality in this supposedly progressive vision of the world.

A.  . If we lived under a free-market regime, the movement of people would be a lot easier to ensure. To welcome is to give something, and to give something there has to be something to give and ­someone to be receptive. And I’ve been observing the gradual disappearance of receptivity of that sort. 29 National Identity and Nations A. Badiou: You’re talking about something you don’t know anything about.  . They’ve come to dig our ditches and clean up our shit – and do it for less than the minimum wage, while our famous “welfare state” doesn’t apply to them because we refuse to give them legal documentation.

If we reject all the successive terms of this march toward extermination we’ll be able to force the state to treat equally everyone who inhabits, lives, and works in the country under its responsibility. And it’s unreasonable to think that a state, where those who are declared as not belonging here are to be accommodated, can provide a solution and peace, because that “solution,” in fact, is merely the state form of segregation. Having said that, I am not in the least calling into question the historical fact of the Allies’ creation of a new state in Palestine after their victory in World War II.

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