Category Archives: Op-eds

Version française de mon article sur la CIA et les intellectuels en France

upl8641589340954574123-foucault-1Mediapart vient de publier la version française de mon article, “The CIA Reads French Theory“, sous le titre “Quand la CIA s’attelait à démanteler la gauche intellectuelle française“.   Cliquez ici pour la lire.

Voici leur résumé: “Dans un rapport écrit en 1985 et qui vient d’être rendu public, on découvre que la CIA a suivi de près la vie intellectuelle française. Un Sartre sous surveillance, des « nouveaux philosophes » appréciés, Foucault et Derrida analysés… Des agents secrets se sont ainsi plongés dans l’étude de la French Theory. Objectif : aider aux fractures de la gauche intellectuelle et alimenter la guerre culturelle mondiale”.

Article on “Free Speech” in CounterPunch

Click here to read my article “Free Speech Is Not the Issue; Intellectual Power Is,” which was recently published in CounterPunch.

2762803231_7df3fa546e_zExcerpt: “The question we should be asking, then, is not the abstract one of whether or not an individual or institution is “for” or “against” free speech in general, and then confusedly extending this to the university context. The real question is: what are the institutional forces that are empowering certain ideas and—by necessity—excluding or sidelining others? This requires examining the power structures that produce the very field of possibility for thought and organize the purportedly “open debate” in terms of viable intellectual positions. It also means analyzing how the intellectual and moral torpor of a “one-size-fits-all” principle of “free speech” directly contributes to distracting us from actually holding institutional power brokers accountable for the types of ideas they are endorsing and disseminating. […read more]”