Friday, April 16, 2010
Reader and contributor Chris Bickerton recommends this book, which I haven't read myself. It seems to be a theoretical treatise on how the Left might revive itself by engaging in a critique of the concepts of liberalism, cosmopolitanism, and reformism.
Jean-François Copé -- Cassius to the current Caesar, if not "lean and hungry" then at least bald and hungry -- is the author of a corporate tax break passed in 2004 when he was Finance Minister, which has cost the state 22 billion euros over the past 3 years. Opponents will be sure to bring this up if and when Copé finally makes his run for the presidency, which he seems to covet more than life itself.
I was saying the other day that 2012 could turn out to be 2002 in reverse, with the FN facing the candidate of the Left rather than the Right in the second round of the presidentials. Daniel Cohn-Bendit agrees. To me, this would represent the worst of all possible worlds and the ultimate failure of the Sarkozy presidency. Because until recently it had seemed that, whatever else he did or failed to do, he would at least have weakened the FN. But now, on the contrary, Le Pen's party seems to be regaining strength every day, while the UMP has become as much a den of ambitious vipers as the PS.