Saturday, May 8, 2010

Aux Petits Soins

Françoise Fressoz offers an interesting commentary on the recent shift in Socialist rhetoric to emphasize the "society of care." Not only is there a residue of social Catholicism in this language, which comes naturally to the daughter of Jacques Delors. There is also a recognition that in an era of austerity, promises of state assistance are likely to ring hollow, and it will be difficult to distinguish the austerity of the Right from that of the Left. Hence the need for a new "value." "Care" fills the bill: it is as capacious as "security" and requires no real commitment.

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