Monday, November 23, 2009

Dreyfus on the Resistance and the Jews

Jean-Marc Dreyfus offers a very interesting review of Renée Poznanski, Propagandes et persécutions. La Résistance et le « problème juif », 1940-1944. Just how did the Resistance approach the question of the persecution of Jews under Vichy's anti-Jewish laws and the deporation of Jews by the Nazis? It seems that historians have neglected the question until now, as if a sort of taboo were in place. Poznanski has broken the silence, and Dreyfus reports his results. Fascinating reading.

Compulsory Economics

A course in economics will become compulsory in French lycées beginning in 2010.

Luc Chatel:

L'économie est un domaine où les sensibilités politiques et idéologiques sont fortes, c'est vrai. Cela dit, l'idée selon laquelle les profs sont des alter mondialistes poussant à la décroissance me semble totalement erronée! Mais, s'il faut revoir les programmes, il faudra les axer davantage vers l'aspect scientifique de la matière.

Hmm. L'aspect scientifique de la matière. An interesting phase that could hide many unavowable intentions.

Jacob on Finkielkraut

Didier Jacob remarks, quite justly, on Alain Finkielkraut's recent ubiquity and penchant for giving stern moral lessons on anything and everything to anyone and everyone. Having defended the artist Polanski and the remains of Albert Camus and attacked the hand of Henry, he now finds that artists, too, are capable of excess: Marie Ndiaye, it seems, suffered from "verbal intoxication" when she said that she found the Sarkozy regime "monstrous." By contrast, you will recall, Polanski's victim had in Finkielkraut's account offered her ravisher consent by inebriation with his illustrious stature in the film industry. Monsieur Finkielkraut's moral compass seems to be broken, yet he continues to offer his services as a guide to anyone who will listen.