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This too is something new. It provided a peg on which to hang critical commentary about contemporary affairs. Much the same was true of classical conservatism: a well-grounded distaste for over-hasty change gave a home to those reluctant to abandon long-established routines.
Today, neither left nor right can find their footing. In many respects my students are right.
It was easy for… This is exclusive content for subscribers only. If you are already a subscriber, please be sure you are logged in to your nybooks. Also in This Issue. Why is it so beyond us to conceive of a different set of arrangements to our common advantage?
We have to begin with the state: as the incarnation of collective interests, collective purposes, and collective goods.
But what precisely should the state do? But there are reasons why some things are much harder to retain, to invent, to reinvent than others.
Whether it was in Eastern Europe or Latin America or wherever, his was the sense of an absolutely, unambiguously, morally noncompromising view about what is right and what is wrong.
It seems to me that we need to reintroduce some of that. We need to reintroduce confidently and unashamedly that kind of language into the public realm. And not expel it, so to speak, into church for Sunday. Smarter people than me used to believe very differently and I think it is time to listen to them once again. Trying, as usual, to square general truths with particular circumstances.
But I never abandoned what I thought of as the benefits of the postwar consensus in favour of sectional advantage. Actually, I was always a bit awkward in this as other respects. As you know, I was against root-and-branch school comprehensivization on the grounds that the postwar arrangements combining meritocracy with opportunity, while imperfect and logically indefensible, were better than the radical schemes on offer — which have trashed much of the pedagogical gains of the early postwar decades.
But, in fairness, all my life I've been rather upfront with my opinions and never hidden them on grounds of conformity or I fear politesse. However, until the wretched Polish consulate affair, I don't think I was ever controversial—I was certainly not known outside of the hermetic little world of the academy, and my contrarian scholarly writings aroused no great fuss.
If their successors, in France or elsewhere, are truly to put this past behind them, it will not be enough to recognize past mistakes. It will also be necessary to accept that entailed in the very meaning for modern society of the term intellectual are a number of roles that writers and scholars today may no longer wish to fulfill; indeed, a refusal to occupy the post of the engaged intellectual may be the most positive of the steps modern thinkers can take in any serious effort to come to terms with their own responsibility for our common recent past.
The inhabitants of the past know better than we do what it was like to live there, but they were not well placed, most of them, to understand what was happening to them and why. Introduction: The Misjudgment of Paris From the end of World War I until the middle of the middle of the s, French public life was shaped and misshaped by three overlapping and intersecting forms of collective and individual irresponsibility.
The first of these was political. Reading the history of interwar France, one is struck again and again by the incompetence, the insouciance and the culpable negligence of the men who governed the country and represented its citizens. This is not a political observation, in the partisan sense, but rather a cultural one. Introduction: The Misjudgment of Paris If the era of political irresponsibility in France lasted from to , the age of moral irresponsibility may be said to have begun in the mid-thirties and endured for the best part of four decades.
Introduction: The Misjudgment of Paris This book is about three Frenchmen who lived and wrote against the grain of these three ages of irresponsibility. They were very different men and would have been surprised to think of themselves as a group, yet they have something rather distinctive in common.
All three played an important role in the France of their lifetime but lived at a slightly awkward tangent to their contemporaries. Camus , who had experienced all three by the age of thirty-five, died twelve years later an insecure and much-maligned figure; it would be thirty years before his reputation would recover. It is not really even a continent—just a subcontinental annexe to Asia. The whole of Europe excluding Russia and Turkey comprises just five and a half million square kilometers: less than two thirds the area of Brazil, not much more than half the size of China or the US.
It is dwarfed by Russia, which covers seventeen million square kilometers. But in the intensity of its internal differences and contrasts, Europe is unique. Germany today, like the rest of Europe, is more conscious of its twentieth-century history than at any time in the past fifty years.
But this does not mean that it is being drawn back into it. For that history never went away. Introduction Sixty years after Hitler's death, his war and its consequences are entering history.
Postwar in Europe lasted a very long time, but it is finally coming to a close. Introduction Introduction[ edit ] Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today. For thirty years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest: indeed, this very pursuit now constitutes whatever remains of our sense of collective purpose.
We know what things cost but have no idea what they are worth. We no longer ask of a judicial ruling or a legislative act: is it good? Is it fair? Is it just? Is it right? Will it help bring about a better society or a better world? Those used to be the political questions, even if they invited no easy answers.
We must learn once again to pose them. Depending on your point of view, one of ALS' mercies or perversities is that its sufferers' mental faculties are undiminished.
Judt's disability has become the occasion of an astonishing outpouring of movingly provocative work. He is immobile from the time he is put to bed at night, and through the hours until morning he uses the Renaissance mnemonic device of a memory palace -- in his case, a Swiss chalet - in which to store, room by room, his reflections. In the morning, he dictates them to an assistant. The pure intensity of effort and courage needed to arrive at the ability to do it is something difficult to imagine.
It's a great victory for him. He spoke for 90 unbroken minutes from memory and, by all accounts, held his listeners in utter thrall. Silvers suggested that the talk be transcribed into a piece for his magazine and that, with further revisions and expansion, has now become his most recent book, "Ill Fares the Land. Judt argues that "Something is profoundly wrong with the way we live today. For 30 years we have made a virtue out of the pursuit of material self-interest.
The materialistic and selfish quality of contemporary life is not inherent in the human condition.