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From Bataille to BadiouLignes, the Preservation of Radical French Thought, 1987-2017$
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Adrian May

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940438

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786940438.001.0001

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Breaking the Consensus

Breaking the Consensus

Immigration and la pensée unique

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(p.129) Chapter Four Breaking the Consensus
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From Bataille to Badiou
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Adrian May

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786940438.003.0005

This chapter turns towards the political concerns of Lignes during its first series, largely focusing on changing immigration policies and the adoption of economic liberalism as the pensée unique of both the right and the left. It situates the early years of Lignes as dominated by the legacy of World War Two, as a rise in holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and racism is accompanied by a resurgence of the far-right and the Front National. Pierre-André Taguieff provided a useful analysis of heterophilic neo-racism early on, but, as Taguieff drifted towards the New Right and showed sympathy to Alain de Benoist, Étienne Balibar’s class based analysis of structural nationalism becomes favoured by the review instead. Turning its attention to the French left, Lignes is frustrated by the tightening of immigration policy suggested by changes to the nationality code, and also by the government’s support for the Gulf War. As the new social movements erupt in 1995, the review takes a firmer position on the side of the radical left, keen to foment social solidarities between the sans papiers and the unemployed, and to forge a more consistent critique of the economic liberalism now adopted by both the Parti Socialiste and the Rassemblement pour la République.

Keywords:   The new social movements, Sans papiers, Liberalism, Pierre-André Taguieff, Étienne Balibar, Daniel Bensaïd, Neo-racism, Anti-racism, The New Right, Front National

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