Vive Quebec!

French philosopher Alain Badiou on the Canadian student movement.

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François Gauvin: What do you think of the student conflict in Québec?

Alain Badiou: What I find interesting is the scale and determination of the phenomenon. Basically, what is happening in Québec is a sudden and widespread resistance to a global phenomenon, which is trying to apply the business model to every kind of human activity. Like a business, the university is supposed to become self-financing, whereas historically it was built up according to quite different rules. The conflict obviously took the particular and very localized form of a fight against the planned rise in university fees, which then spread to an opposition to the government’s handling of the crisis. But it is clear that at the core of the uprising is a subjectivity in revolt against the idea that business should be the paradigm for everything. And this point of resistance is now mobilizing a large-scale debate which concerns us all, and the outcome of which is not predictable.

François Gauvin: Would you make a comparison with the student revolt of May 1968, when you were a Maoist leader calling for revolution?

Alain Badiou: Yes, in terms of its ways of acting, its style, its inventiveness. That is the first reminder of May ’68, the first great echo of an active, joyful subjectivity that does not shy away from conflict when this is needed – even if it is dividing Québec society. It was just the same in 1968. The students attracted sympathy, but as we saw in the June 1968 legislative elections, which were won by the party of General de Gaulle, French society was completely divided.

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Uncle Sam2

Sorry, my translation is bad. It says "The only asholes are the French because the rest of the world fcks them." French is not a widely spoken language outside of France, except in the former colonies that the French raped and pillaged. Lets not forget Vietnam, North Africa and, Panama to name a few. Worthless French.


Well as a speaker of the second most spoken language in the world after Chinese, that being Spanish,
I can say that you English speakers are huge jerks and I like the French better than you.

Uncle Sam2

Lets not forget the Spanish, The Spanish are number 1 on the ashole list. People of the Americas speak Spanish not because they wanted to but because they had to. Most of the raping and pillaging of the new world was done by European Spanish Conquistadors. Spanish is no different from French or English because they are all Euro languages.


I am not a worthless Englishman. I am an American and if you get close to me, some of my success might rube off on to you non Americans.


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