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Saturday

Political situation


The failure of the student uprisings and the betrayal of the French General Strike, cause a number of French writers to continue elaborating political views, which incorporate elements of radical theory, and which lay the foundations for tomorrow's social action in the world.

The global financial power turns decisively from being net exporter of capital towards importing capital, and relocating its manufacturing industries to countries offering cheap wages, relying on military supremacy, financial power and knowledge and image industries to maintain their dominance. This leads to a situation where the division of people between mental and manual labour which has been around as long a complete local civilisation and which forms the basis for the separation of theory and practice, is now articulated on an international scale, with whole countries securing their domination over other nations on the basis of military and financial power and the “symbolic industries”.

Any wonder then, in those countries, that sceptical and subjectivist outlooks are becoming rampant, with writers misreading real texts of Derrida, theorising that actually “there is really nothing outside of the text”.

But French theory cannot be reduced to such errors. The democracy to come must continue to be sought...