Saturday, January 16, 2010

Daniel Bensaïd

French philosopher Daniel Bensaïd
In 1968, together with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, he helped to form the Mouvement du 22 Mars
penetrating analysis
derived from classical Marxism – Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg
Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire (LCR)
leader of the LCR and the Fourth International
helping to organize the Workers party (PT) currently in power there under President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
his Jewishness
to follow the path of a blind and unthinking Zionism. He disliked identity politics and his last two books – Fragments Mécréants (An Unbeliever's Discourse, 2005) and Eloge de la Politique Profane (In Praise of Secular Politics, 2008) – explained how this had become a substitute for serious critical thought
a large section of the French intelligentsia
embraced neoliberalism, Bensaïd remained steadfast
memoir, Une Lente Impatience (2004)
"Perhaps not in our lifetimes, but we carry on fighting. What else is there to do?"

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