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L’Ordre Cannibale: Vie et Mort de la Médecine 
by Jacques Attali.
Grasset, 325 pp.
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... these circumstances, is the relationship between medicine and the economic troubles of the 1970s? Jacques Attali asks this question in his new book about the medicalisation of economic life. The medical system, he sets out to show, is both a cause of the economic crisis and the source of its likely and melancholy resolution. ...

The Enabling Boundary

Tom Nairn: We’re All Petit Bourgeois Now, 18 October 2007

What Should the Left Propose? 
by Roberto Mangabeira Unger.
Verso, 179 pp., £15, January 2006, 1 84467 048 1
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The Self Awakened: Pragmatism Unbound 
by Roberto Mangabeira Unger.
Harvard, 277 pp., £19.95, February 2007, 978 0 674 02354 3
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Une brève histoire de l’avenir 
by Jacques Attali.
Fayard, 432 pp., €20, October 2006, 2 213 63130 1
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... as has the elevation of Gordon Brown on this side of the Channel. Neither Roberto Unger nor Jacques Attali undervalues the achievements of social democracy, or indeed of state socialism. But both suggest that in either case any reprise or development now depends on finding a different framework of ideas, one different not merely from neoliberal ...

History’s Postman

Tom Nairn: The Jewishness of Karl Marx, 26 January 2006

Karl Marx ou l’esprit du monde 
by Jacques Attali.
Fayard, 549 pp., €23, May 2005, 2 213 62491 7
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... debris, and barely resembled the quasi-religious icon and prophetic travesty of the 20th century. Jacques Attali’s book is another remarkable signpost on the same new landscape. The author isn’t a man of the traditional left, and makes sure readers know it. In the introduction he states: Let me say, with neither undue emphasis nor nostalgia, that ...

Long Live Aporia!

Hal Foster: William Gaddis, 24 July 2003

Agapē Agape 
by William Gaddis.
Atlantic, 113 pp., £9.99, January 2003, 1 903809 83 5
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The Rush for Second Place: Essays and Occasional Writings 
by William Gaddis, edited by Joseph Tabbi.
Penguin, 182 pp., $14, October 2002, 0 14 200238 0
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... Gaddis and his double, the genealogy of mechanisation begins with the Enlightenment automata of Jacques de Vaucanson, though the water organs of Hero of Alexandria and the golden birds of Byzantium cherished by Yeats are also noted. The inventor of a playing flautist and a shitting duck in the 1730s, Vaucanson became Inspector of Silk Manufactures in ...

The Europe to Come

Perry Anderson, 25 January 1996

The Rotten Heart of Europe 
by Bernard Connolly.
Faber, 427 pp., £17.50, September 1995, 0 571 17520 1
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Orchestrating Europe: The Informal Politics of European Union 1973-93 
by Keith Middlemas.
Fontana, 821 pp., £27.50, November 1995, 0 00 255678 2
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... polarisation of regions and classes within the Union? Could this have been the hidden gamble of Jacques Delors, author of the plan for monetary union, yet a politician whose whole previous career suggests commitment to a Catholic version of social-democratic values, and suspicion of economic liberalism? On this alternative reading, Hayek’s scenario could ...


Nicholas Spice, 6 July 1995

Repeated Takes: A Short History of Recording and its Effects on Music 
by Michael Chanan.
Verso, 204 pp., £39.95, May 1995, 1 85984 012 4
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Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak Easy Listening and other Moodsong 
by Joseph Lanza.
Quartet, 280 pp., £10, January 1995, 0 7043 0226 8
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... speaks of the way a record ‘robs the performance of its sense of spontaneity’, and he quotes Jacques Attali’s remark, in Noise, that recording removes from a performance the ‘unforeseen and the risks’. ‘The new aesthetic of performance.’ Attali continues, ‘excludes error, hesitation.’ But ...

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