The world only works through misunderstanding

The misunderstanding is universal In My heart laid bare, Charles Baudelaire writes: “The world only works through misunderstanding. It is through universal misunderstanding that everyone agrees. Because if, unfortunately, we understood each other, we could never agree.” At first glance you might think that Charles has it all backwards. Aren’t those who understand each other perfectly … Read more

The political philosophy of Michel Foucault

Abstract: Foucault clearly saw the bilateral relationship established between the State and citizens. When it is fluid, freedom comes out reinforced, fuel in one direction, production in the other. But Foucault lacks a transdisciplinary methodology on society and his positivist view conceals the gaps between individuals, in particular their propensity to have a social conscience, … Read more

Adolescents, the aborted rebellion

A physiological stage Adolescent rebellion is a systematic stage because it is physiological. Hormonal remodeling causes a surge in individuation. The delimitation between the world and oneself is unclear in childhood, with puberty bringing a split. The adolescent is pushed to choose and express a personal identity. The easiest thing is to mimic those of … Read more

Polychronous and monochronous time

Expat A Westerner who moves to tropical islands —yes, it’s lived experience— discovers time management that is also very far from his own. It is not a question of folklore which takes the place of the previous one but of a radically different approach to daily affairs. The Westerner sequences his tasks. He mainly focuses … Read more

Which, socialism or capitalism, is more collectivist?

Abstract: Socialism is more conservative than capitalism, fixing places in society more. Committed to maintaining their equality, socialism favors the T (the soliTary, egotistic tendency) of the TD principle while capitalism better supports the D (the soliDarity, collectivist tendency). In the article I justify this conclusion which goes against the usual discourse, but which explains … Read more

Equality of places vs equality of opportunities

Abstract: The contradiction between equality of places and equality of opportunities has never found a satisfactory political solution. It is managed empirically by the presence of social circles. Places are privileged in privacy and opportunities in global society. The internal difficulties currently encountered by democracies come from the collapse of our social circles and an … Read more

Publication of ‘Societarium’

Societarium is published today, in paper and epub format. This book brings together sociology and politics articles published on this blog, organized around the two main ones: A universal political system and Can we do without hierarchy? The whole is a manifesto argued against a blind participatory democracy and for an inclusive social re-hierarchization, which … Read more

The nonsense of populism

Abstract: Populism, as a reversal of the organizational arrow from the multiple to the global, is political nonsense. It is actually defined as the stiffening of a social circle within others, and can concern any social circle, including the “People of the Haves”, also affected by populism. No commonalty in anarchy Democracy is the government … Read more

What is social pleasure?

Abstract: The re-hierarchization of oneself is not only beneficial for society. It is also a means of renewing the contrast that keeps our personal experiences of pleasure unforgettable. Don’t end up as aged laboratory humans Are we very different from the laboratory rats who tirelessly press their pleasure pedal, forgetting all other considerations? We have … Read more