Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Republican Parochialism

I have frequently been critical on this blog of what I take to be outbursts of dogmatic republicanism that have recurred of late in a variety of contexts. At times it seemed that all criticism of dogmatic republicanism was simply rejected out of hand in France, but lately I have begun to hear French voices here and there questioning whether the consensus is as solid, and as firmly grounded, as this reaction might suggest. Now, Cécile Laborde has published a thoughtful piece setting forth what she takes to be the principles underlying the republican consensus and exposing some of the contradictions inherent in those principles. Essential reading.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this piece. It articulates very clearly the thoughts I tried to formulate in my comment to your burqa-related post.

MYOS said...

An extremely interesting essay.
The three "points" are especially clearly put.
In the end, I think there is a way that the French could find, in between strict republicanism and Quebec-style "accomodements raisonnables" but I doubt it'll be anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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