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This is not for you dear public,
This review is from: The Crisis of the European Union: A Response (Hardcover)
Habermas is a very famous philosopher. He is almost THE official philosopher for the EU, something like a poet laureate. For this reason he writes in a heavy, academic, incomprehensible style favored by our continental colleagues. As a result this book is not for you if you are part of the public. This book is meant for libraries, scholars...Well, I am not too pleased with this. Our job as academics is to communicate with the public in order to illuminate, not to produce linguistic labyrinths. Maybe its the translation that creates this problem, but I don't think so.
As to the content, Habermas is super pro European. Fine, ok, it could be that we could view this catastrophe as an opportunity for democratisation in a cosmopolitan federal Europe. We could alternatively land on Earth and see the truth. The European project has always been a project of elites, determined behind closed doors. The responses to the crisis only help accenuate the depoliticising and undemocratic trajectory of pro-market policies that form the core of the Treaties.
Habermas' wishes are noble, but remain fiction. Is this book worth reading? Who cares, it was not meant for you anyway.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2013 20:07:53 BDT
Knots handkerchief at the four corners, puts it on head, pulls on wellies and grumps, 'What have the Europeans ever done for us?'
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