Dans une société moderne, dépendante d’un Etat omniprésent dans nos vies, la résistance à l’Etat est plus difficile que jamais. La polarisation de la politique est devenue la pierre angulaire de toute analyse politique soi-disant intelligente. Chaque cycle électoral est couvert d’un vaste éventail de commentateurs qui nous disent que nous sommes de plus en […]
Monsters of our own creation
The initial solidarity of the response to the coronavirus was overwhelming. People clapped for hospital staff; balcony choirs amazed the #StayAtHome social media crowd. Those who objected to lockdown policies were few and quickly dismissed as naysayers and contrarians. Since then, weeks have passed. In the United States, lockdowns are fresh creations, still not applied […]
France’s most dangerous village
A past decision of the French State Council which has dangerously extended the concept of “public morality”. In a decision on December 8, 1997, the French Conseil d’État issued a ruling regarding the municipality of Arcueil, which prohibited the advertising of “pink courier” services in 1990. Despite some positive aspects, particularly with regard to the […]
Fight identity politics with individualism, not victimisation
This article was featured in the magazine The Conservative, published in October 2019. The magazine can be downloaded in its entirety here. It also features Professor Jonathan Haidt, Ben Shapiro, Iain Martin, Dominic Green, and Kristian Niemietz.
Bashing big bosses, the favourite discipline of the French press
It is an antiphon, declared over and over again in public opinion. From high-level intellectuals like Noam Chomsky to the average citizen, everyone agrees: control by the big bosses over the media protects the former from being targeted by the latter. Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber was already warning of the danger of journalists losing control of their […]
This English YouTuber teaches you more about the Soviet Union than your teachers
Your teachers gave you the boring dates and names of long-dead politicians, and all you know about communism is that your conservative uncle uses it to describe every policy he doesn’t like. However, there is an English YouTuber who will open your eyes to the reality of the impact the Soviet Union had on many […]
Political violence is unacceptable
In the wake of the ratification of the CETA agreement, environmentalists and anti-free trade zealots are ganging up on politicians who voted for it. This can’t become the new normal.
Aesthetics Economics and the Evolution of Value
Utility is more than just that which is materially useful. It is also what is aesthetic. The economy is changing in this direction.
Le « grands patrons bashing », discipline préférée de la presse française ?
C’est une antienne, répétée à l’envi dans l’opinion. Des intellectuels de haut niveau comme Noam Chomski au citoyen lambda, tous s’accordent sur ce qui serait un fait : la mainmise des grands patrons sur les médias évite aux premiers d’être la cible des seconds. Un Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber avertissait déjà sur le danger de voir les […]
A selfie in Pripyat
I experienced some social media backlash after posting a selfie from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Beyond the usual problem of annoying comments, this experience raises questions about our current social media use.