Delivered. Between the generations, a gap has opened up, particularly between grandparents 68 and grandchildren born at the start of the millennium, journalist and essayist Brice Couturier is convinced. Blame it on the “woke ideology” or, according to the author’s expression, “The cultural revolution woke”. We must understand by this the new left, which the author assimilates to a “Victim culture” serving certain groups within society: ethnic and gender minorities. Exercising a “Cultural hegemony” in the United States, a soft power American would have perverted French youth, exasperating the rest of the population. With this criticism, Brice Couturier joins the woko-media complex obsessed with this question.
Strongly conservative authors
The journalist conducts his investigation by browsing newspaper articles and books. Strongly conservative authors such as the British philosopher Roger Scruton (1944-2020), his compatriot the journalist Douglas Murray, the American journalist Christopher Caldwell (but also, more in the center, the political scientist Yascha Mounk) are summoned and serve as support for s ‘oppose the ideas developed in particular by the philosopher Judith Butler (a great figure in gender studies), the jurist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw (author of the concept of intersectionality), or Jacques Derrida (1930-2004).
There is no meeting here with this tempestuous youth or visits to these dangerous American campuses that cannot be reduced to the image given by Twitter posts. Brice Couturier also relies on the opinion of an American pollster who observes that age is the main political divide, between younger people close to the radical left and more moderate gray heads and still attached to the freedom sung in the time of “Peace and Love”.
Very different from today’s youth would therefore be the generation of the sixty-eight. Children who grew up with flowers in their hair would have been “Raised in the spirit of the Enlightenment”, as if they had not themselves introduced the rupture denounced by Brice Couturier. College radicalism, feminism, the gay issue, that of minorities, ecology are movements that emerged in the wake of the 1960s and 1970s, led by young people opposing their parents.
Ni «lost» ni «X generation»
Yesterday as today, zeal sometimes inflames the spirits and must be denounced. But reducing the current developments to their most radical expressions is a bit short. In addition, it is not certain that the category of “generation” is appropriate in France where, unlike the United States, history is less divided in this way. Apart from the sixty-eighters, there is no « lost generation » (marked by the First World War), « greatest generation » (who experienced depression and WWII), « X generation » (haunted by the rejection of the materialist society of the 1980s) or, more recently the “Y”, that of the millennials. With this book, Brice Couturier participates in spreading an evil that he wishes to fight, an Americanization of minds.
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