The Political Answer for the French: Fillon the Merinetti/Thatcherite as answer to Le Pen? Old Socialist comments.

Mr Fillon as Thatcherite, apres la lettre, and Catholic homophobe. The reader hasn’t come across such an improbable hybrid, that almost deforms the idea/practice of the dialectic,  since the publication of ‘French Philosophy of the Sixties, An Essay on Antihumanism’ by Luc Ferry and Alain Renaut, ( that chronicles the rise of the philosophical hybrid as the norm of French Thought of that era.

Mr. Fillon also celebrates the ideas of ‘shock’ and ‘speed’ as central tenets of his iteration of Thatcherism. Two ideas that were central parts of  F. T. Marinetti’s  Futurism and Fascism. See ‘The Birth of Fascist Ideology: From Cultural Rebellion to Political Revolution’ by Zeev Sternhell,With Mario Sznajder and Maia Asheri, Translated by David Maisel.(

This reader wonders at the stark object lesson of the pernicious legacy of that very Thatcherism, just miles from the view of any French voter. Or is the prospect of defeating Le Pen engendering an expression of  political myopia, in sum ‘the lesser of two evils’ mentality?

Old Socialist



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