Friday, October 15, 2010

About Those Numbers ...

Counting demonstrators is not easy, and discrepancies between estimates are usually laid to bias. Thus in a recent Paris demo, the police counted 89,000 and the unions 330,000. But according to two independent studies, both were wrong, and both were too high: a Spanish software developer came up with a figure of 80,000, and Mediapart (!), hardly a Sarko-patsy, estimated 76,000 using a less high-tech method. See the video at minute 16 (h/t JV)

Rosanvallon Interviews Lefort

Pierre Rosanvallon remembers the late Claude Lefort. A recording of his interview of Lefort in Grenoble is also included.