By Alain Badiou, Alain Finkielkraut
Every little thing of their respective positions divides them: Alain Badiou is the philosopher of a revitalized communism and Alain Finkielkraut the mournful observer of the lack of values. the 2 rivals, accrued the following for his or her first-ever debate, have irreconcilable visions. but nor is a stranger to controversy, and during this debate they make specific the grounds in their own dispute in addition to addressing, in a frank and open trade, their principles and theories.
Guided via Aude Lancelin, the 2 philosophers talk about matters as assorted as nationwide identification, Israel and Judaism, may possibly 1968, and renewed acclaim for the belief of communism. Their passionate debate is greater than simply the sum overall in their disagreements, even if, for neither of them is happy with the nation of our society or the course during which its political representatives persist in taking it. They agree that there has to be switch and their war of words during this quantity indicates the significance of asking tricky questions, not just of one another, but additionally of our political platforms.
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That’s what they have increasingly emphatically become again since the 1980s, assisted in this by the ideological counter-revolution in which Alain Finkielkraut, along with others, has actively participated. It has consisted in: (1) discrediting every form of the communist hypothesis and (2) relegitimizing parliamentary democracy as the unsurpassable horizon of politics. Here’s my position. Like everyone else, I can assess 21 National Identity and Nations the disastrous outcome of the state communisms of the twentieth century.
When you compare Sarkozy to Pétain, as you do, Alain Badiou, or when you claim, along with the Médiapart website and 40,000 angry citizens, that “for the first time since 1944–5 the ideology of the far right – that simultaneously Maurrassian, Orleanist, and elitist right that never accepted liberal democracy and, with the collapse of the Republic in 1940, experienced its divine surprise16 – is being expressed at the highest echelons of the Republic,”17 then you’re not being clear-sighted, let alone courageous.
The Jew who puts up a barrier of separation when the time has come to tear down the wall of enmity and hatred between peoples is an old story. That’s a very old accusation that goes all the way back to Saint Paul, as you yourself have so remarkably shown, and, unlike so many hyper-democrats who don’t know what they’re talking about, you’re logical, Alain Badiou, and you explicitly reopen the case against Abraham’s descendant: the “carnal Jew,” proud of his heritage, a fetishist of his genealogy, and deaf to the universal message of the New Covenant.
Confrontation: A Conversation with Aude Lancelin by Alain Badiou, Alain Finkielkraut