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EU Macron: EU Sovereignty interview in The Economist

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The Economist went to China with Emmanuel Macron and he gave the interview which you can view here: ... ds-english

Summary of the Interview:

Europe needs to be centralized a bit like the United States in Toqueville's book on Démocratie en Amérique

The "grammar" of the world has loomed up away from the illusion of peace thru economic glamour after the fall of the Warsaw Pact and USSR
something important: power and sovereignty

in that light according to Macron Europe should focus on its Sovereignty
that includes, centralized budget, investment spending on Defence and Technology
and Macron link the growth of Europe to the development of Humanism and Democracy since Enlightenment (18thcentury)
he finds that UK turned to a kind of "Singapour" model that shall benefit the Elites of UK, even though (paradoxical) if the Middle-Class are the ones who voted for Brexit
Macron defends authorship creation as base of this humanism, and middle classes come related to this issue

the fragmentation of the EU is not so much the economic operator factors but
the trust in USA: most people saving are going to the Future of USA (Treasury Bunds)
and Poland is fearing any discussion with Russia that would forshadow USA umbrella

But yet Macron says that USA since Obama during Trump (now) and thus after Trump will grow more and more Pacific
and ask of EU to look for itself (a bit the same is required from Israel)
Macron sees EU role as balance of US power, which is the condition for good relation with neighbours
(Africa, Middle-East Russia)
thus a different diplomacy that the English speaking world, yet this imposes Sovereignty in the new "grammar" : to have a Central Brussels EU
where States be working more like the Communities in USA: an internal re - articulation of the States roles with Brussels Institutions (Commission & Parliament) as Federal Union's
Trump and USA will look to EU only as business and Nato as retrieval of money for USA, provided the ideology partnership between both continents withstand
so that NATO has become obsolete in Macron's opinion it has "no brain" as shows Turkey recently going rogue in its South Border with Syria

France has some good relation with Germany but Germany lags behind but is a trusted partner to France in the long run

There are division west -east (migrant) and north south (economy) in EU
that hit the middle classes morale, which poses the main threat for ease of governance in EU

Macron's solution to this is Humanism that is "help to development health and education " both within EU border and with neighbours

several extracts from the Interview now:
<<The rise of radical political Islam is undoubtedly the foremost enemy of European humanist values, which are based on the free and rational individual, equality between women and men, and emancipation. The model of subjugation and domination today is that of radical political Islam. How do you fight this? You can say, when they resort to terrorism, I’ll fight them. The other way is by fostering democracy, by demonstrating that other models, including cultural, economic and social models, can emerge.>>


<<I’m in favour of making things more effective, deciding more quickly, more clearly, changing the dogma and ideology that drive us collectively today. >>


<<First of all, there’s a factor which we may have underestimated, which is the principle of the sovereignty of the people. And I think that the spread of values, of the humanism that we hold high, and the universalisation of these values in which I believe, only work to the extent that you are able to convince the people. We’ve sometimes made mistakes by wanting to impose our values, by changing regimes, without popular support. It’s what happened in Iraq or in Libya. It’s perhaps what was envisaged at one point in Syria but failed. It’s an element of the Western approach, I would say in generic terms, that was a mistake at the beginning of this century, undoubtedly fatal, and sprang from the union of two forces: the right to intervene with neo-conservatism. And these two forces intertwined and produced dramatic results. Because the sovereignty of the people is in my opinion an unsurpassable factor. It’s what made us what we are, and it must be respected everywhere. >>

so if I get it right for Macron the main issue (as France is willing to intervene in Mali and Syria) to be addressed is the influence of Neo Conservatism, both in the US and in EU

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Re: EU Macron: EU Sovereignty interview in The Economist

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ok, i understand EU Sovereignty can be shocking to a deleuzian reader from the US perspective
as well if the day after Macron's declaration Pompeo showed destabilizing signs against
Macron's leaning on Russia by threatening with Nato both China and Russia

(Russia said Macron's discourse was golden syrup)

i am not sure we would need to go into Levbvbre if this one is using Kantian non representative categories and the likes

from my experience on the deleuze list i think the reader will oppose any "Striatedness" with full swing from the american war machine to this attempt
from Macron to assert his vision IN France and IN europe mainly against the followism of his German allies.

Macron is a "philosopher" who read Paul Ricoeur (a guy whom DG categorized as a strong idealist in AO)
and he tries hard to avoid everything run amock: just imagine the left did a "manifestation" against islamophobie
(defined by organizers as hatred against the muslims) at the same time the whole planet tends to divide itself in more offensive
terminology between non affiliated and extreme right.

somehow Macron represents the sensible intelligentsia who doesn't want a general fight or "chaos" and perhaps prefers Kant
over the mass delirium to come

i think there is some reason for an intellectual based in the US to take interest to join a vision on sharing ideas on or
of Sovereignty who might who knows cross the Ocean
Toynbee talked about the Cities of Greece since long in alliances and infightings and who later got reunited
under the Hellenic Roman (empire) Civilisation
same happened in China and Europe

but perhaps why not EU join USA
of course this takes time because EU is composed of more motley communal fabric than US states and communities
so its just a matter of building something slowly century after century but things go fast in a nomadic war machine
so mind-Vision can help

Sovereignty does not matter so much as non fragmentation of the mind:

who do you line up with in Paris: those who think that criticizing the muslim veil is equal to "racism"
or those who want to throw them all to the ancient colonies

who talked about dis-crimination,
when the problem of 11 ex IS people stuck in Turkey coming back in EU cause so much wonder ?

you cannot be detached, everyone has an opinion, only the philosopher is the one who fights against
his or her own tendency @having "any"opinion this in order to first LEARN her or his own Ideas Fabric.

now accomplished philosopher Macron is president, and later is ready to Write (he communicated lately so)


Le mar. 12 nov. 2019 à 01:04, Mike Lansing <> a écrit :

Problematic is the concept of sovereignty itself. For now, there are at least two excerptings that come to mind: Le Febvre's Deleuze and Law, and Haegglund's Radical Atheism. We may not have current access to the former, though once having had a personal copy.

On Thu, 7 Nov, 2019 at 8:50 AM, Johnatan Petterson <> wrote:
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