Thursday, July 14, 2011

Judt Colloquium in Paris

Eric Alterman recaps the recent Paris colloquium in honor Tony Judt. Among other things, this from Pierre Rosanvallon:

The French historian Pierre Rosanvallon noted that “it is here that the anti-immigration argument gets its force. On the left the view is one of nostalgia. An extremely weak response to a strong attack and it’s hard to see how it can survive the argument ‘the immigrants are stealing the welfare state.’” This story can be told almost anywhere in Europe and increasingly applies as well to the United States.

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