Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lessons of Stanley Hoffmann's Work for France Today

Slate asked me to reflect on the lessons of Stanley Hoffmann's work for France today. Although it's presumptuous to take up such a challenge, I was rash enough to take a stab at it. Here is the result.

2 comments:

brent said...

A really interesting, and rather moving article, Art, especially paired with your more personal tribute on the New Republic site.

It raises the question, though: was it inevitable that the European project would be folded into the triumph of the neo-liberal money-changers, despite the much larger cultural and ethical vision of people like Hoffman? Can that project be brought back to a more humane vision at this late date? How and through whom might that redirection take place? In the midst of this humanitarian nightmare--which threatens to get worse, not better--what would it take for Europe to assert its values of compassion, human rights, opportunity, and cultural breadth? I'm deeply sorry we don't have Stanley Hoffman to offer any answers.

FrédéricLN said...

Very interesting indeed — a spoonful of water in the desert of my ignorance. Long life to Stanley Hoffmann's thoughts and legacy.

Like brent, after reading that paper, I wondered first about Europe - what is about, what for ? Is it a topic or a stakeholder ? The description of Europe as a astute workaround to make things go forward in France, sounds very relevant (and is based on evidence); and now it looks like the European "blocage" and the French one are reinforcing each other :-(