Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mitterrand on Socialism

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Thanks to Laurent Bouvet for pointing out this clip. Laurent notes the degradation of political language that separates now from then. Whatever you think of Mitterrand's record in office, you have to credit his rhetorical skill.


MYOS said...

For contrast, the NYT offers a review of undignified comments and gestures in the past few years, complete with Besson's middle finger to a journalist (he did not want to answer a question) and Nadine Morano's lawsuit against a woman who'd posted "you liar" under the video of an "untruth" (says the NYT, so I suppose it indeed was, as I don't recall the incident).

Times have changed. :p

Anonymous said...

it was interesting to identify his suppositions. liberty doesn't exist in the state of nature - it is in society that one can obtain liberty & be liberated. A real Hobbesian liberal flavor to it - I would've expected something more Rousseauist.

just as an aside - I think that the most part of politicians can articulate their ideas in as succinct and coherent form as Mitterand does in his debate with Michel Debré. They just dont have
the opportunity. There are very few forums on TV which allow for that though - perhaps on Arte.
But note, too, that communications directors tell their client-politicians that the audience to whom they speak aren't generally into profound exposés if they could even understand them. Communications directors inform their clients to mark the minds of the TV audience much the same way a TV commercial makes its mark with a jingle that sticks in your mind.
The client/politician is competing against a multiplicity of rival sources of info and has to do something to stand out and get noticed.
In Mitterand's day, there were fewer sources of info, and there was no worry of not being heard.

Chris P.