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Simone Weil’s On the Abolition of All Political Parties
Oct 8, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Democracy in the United States, fragile and abused at the best of times, is seemingly broken today. Partisan politics keeps legislation deadlocked; the campaign funding game ensures that the politicians only allow haute bourgeois to the table for any decision of substance. During this midterm election season, NYRB Classics is publishing Simone Weil’s On the Abolition of All Political Parties, a plea for a turn to integrity and conscience and an indictment against the role of the political parties, this text available in the U.S. for the first time, starts the conversation about democracy and whether it will ever be realized, and how the example of Weil’s life may serve as a model for a new moral and political consciousness.