A Report on the French Left: From Marxism to “Structuralism”

A Report on the French Left: From Marxism to “Structuralism”

The “end of the ideologies,” diagnosed by Raymond Aron, among others, refers generally to the developed societies of America and Western Europe. It connects prosperity, economic growth, and social integration on the one hand with the progressive decline of political extremisms on the other; the car, the refrigerator, and television are said to have killed the revolution. This type of analysis has already inspired endless comment on neo-capitalism, the Gaullist regime, and the kind of political torpor that has characterized France since the end of the Algerian war; as if one of the functions of Gaullist nationalism were now to counterbalance an objective process of French “Americanization.”

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