Thoughts About Our Present Situation, Based on Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Inaugural Address to the College of France

The following extracts are taken from Merleau-Ponty’s address, delivered on January 15, 1953.  This translation is in the volume bearing M-Ponty’s title for his address, “In Praise of Philosophy,” published as a single volume by Northwestern University Press in 1963. Our relationship to the true passes through others.  Either we go towards the true with…

No, That’s Not Socialism

  Red flags?  Sure…  Call me “comrade”?  Okay.  Give the closed-fist salute?  Can do.  Inter your Muslim population in “reeducation centers”?  Uh…nope.  Well, how about universal surveillance of the population by government security agencies everywhere possible, especially in large cities?  Forget that!  Well, arrest a man for authoring a manifesto critical of an allegedly socialist…