Remember, that was a few years ago: all over the world, different political movements were adopting new electoral strategies, which escaped the classic grammar of right-left opposition. It was Jean-Luc Mélenchon in France, Podemus in Spain, and Bernie Sanders in the United States. After the crisis of 2008, continuing control business as usual, These leaders drew new boundaries, between “from above” and “from below,” and did not hesitate to rally the influence of voters and personify struggles through personality. And some denounced it for fear of renewed conflict or that the atmosphere is confused. Others saw it as an application of a political theory worked on since the 1980s by philosophers Ernesto Laclo (who died in 2014) and Chantal Mauve.
Since then, that “populist” breath has faded a bit, but Chantal Mauve, 79, continues to think about this way of conceiving politics. In The Green Democratic Revolution, published these days by Albin Michel, she makes an effort to confront her Marxist heritage with the new ideas known as the Anthropocene, born in recent years in the shadow of the ecological crisis, and looking for a way between de-growth and “green” capitalism. At a time when the climate movement is struggling to find an outlet, and new electoral struggles are bracing, it pays to dive in.
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