Monday, January 15, 2018


For the launch of the new Tocqueville21 site, which officially opens today, I've written a post on the contemporary meaning of equality. This link will take you directly to the post, and this one will give you all my blog posts, just as if you were reading French Politics.


bert said...

Looks excellent.
One suggestion. On your author page, the same tocqueville21 logo marks each of your posts. Maybe have a folder of photographs on the server that the content system can cycle through instead?

Very positive feedback from here.

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Adam said...

I'm happy to see the new site is up and running; it looks great.

I believe there is a typo in the equality post — "Tocqueville believed that the drive toward greater inequality was inevitable..." should be "equality", non ?

brent said...

New site looks impressive, but is there a place for comments? I may have missed it, but I hope the new format won't displace the forum this blog has fostered.

Unknown said...

I don't know, to be honest. The T21 site was put together by a team in France. I haven't thoroughly explored it.

Tim said...

I guess in response to Art's blog post this is an area that deal with on a regular basis in French society. Where I do think Piketty, Hamon, et all go wrong in their interpretation is their incessant call for international cooridination to counter inequality, international cooperation that by necessity requires the involvement of the US.

Barack Obama might have said that income inequality was the fundamental issue of the day but the people in Washington, DC that had the power to do something about i.e. the GOP Congress think otherwise. In my own discussions with people in French society and I suspect in the minds of Piketty and Hamon their doesn't seem to be a willingness to face up to the global power of the US Republican party in such matters. Instead many in France would rather cite the lip service of now ex-President Obama.

Even today US Treasury Sec. Mnuchin might verbally agree with Finance Minister Le Maire's call to regulate bitcoin on a global level but it is the US Congress and it's Republican Majorities that have this power NOT Sec. Mnuchin. Sometimes I feel that some French politicians like Bruno Le Maire play off the ignorance of the French populace as to the American system of government and want to promise things internationally they can't deliver.

One of the things that gives me an interesting perspective is on the one hand I know many of the hardest of the hard right of the US Republican Party i.e. Those most opposed to the Piketty/Hamon agenda globally while on the otherhand I am in contact with those in French society who tend to support it. Sometimes it is like two ships passing in the night.

Interestingly enough I think Macron himself "gets it" in terms of his dealings with Trump, Brexit, the United States etc unlike Philippe, Le Maire, and the rest of the cabinet. Macron has already made statements that he will continue to push for multilateral economic policy but if not possible France will not be the patsy of post Brexit Britain or Trump's America. I would also add that Ambassador Araud is someone else who I think gets it.

DoYeob Lee said...

Do you have an opinion about Korean politics?

Unknown said...

Brent, Comments have now been enabled.