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Badiou on Quebec student struggle:"revolt against the idea that businessshould be the paradigm for everything"
Alain Badiou, famed philosopher and promoter of the "idea of communism" relates his ideas about Quebec and France in theinterview below. Readers of the interview will note how few communistideas are present in his analysis; indeed, the number of communistideas expressed is precisely zero. A federation of France andGermany? Could a Marxist seriously entertain such a historicallyretrograde impossibility? Would a Marxist feel obliged to figure out aresolution for the nations of France and Germany at all?Jay20120615
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'Always keep an eye on Québec,' Alain Badiou advises
François Gauvin: What do you think of the student conflict in Québec? Alain Badiou: What I find interesting first of all is the scale anddetermination of the phenomenon. Basically, what is happening in your country is a sudden and widespread resistance to a globalphenomenon, which is trying to apply the business model to every kindof human activity. Like a business, the university is supposed to becomeself-financing, whereas historically it was built up according to quitedifferent rules. The conflict obviously took the particular and verylocalized form of a fight against the planned rise in university fees,which then spread to an opposition to the government's handling of thecrisis. But it is clear that at the core of the uprising is a subjectivity in