End of the Left-Right Dichotomy: The French Case

  title={End of the Left-Right Dichotomy: The French Case},
  author={Alain de Benoist},
Consider the frequently cited quotation by the French philosopher Alain: ―When I am asked if the division between parties of the Right and parties of the Left, between leftists and rightists still has any meaning, the first thing which occurs to me is that whoever is asking the question is certainly not on the Left.‖ [1] Alain would be surprised to learn that today this question, which he thought could only have been posed by someone from the Right, is on everyone‘s lips — at least in France. 
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Le MAUSS est-il Apolitique?
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Some writers, however, cite August 11 and still others the month of September
  • Buchez and Rouzhold claim that the Right-Left polarity appeared before
Etat de l'Opinion
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Le Socialisme n'est plus ce qu'il Etait,‖ in L'Evenement Europeen
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Interview with Le Magazine Litteraire