Originally Posted by wobbling bear
every year we meet, drink, play music and remember the days when we were students (50 years ago
as usual someone sings the "brainwashing machine
" song... the tradition is more than a hundred years old!
Wow, that’s really nice. We don’t do that in the US, at least not people from the schools I went to!
Once, I was at a party in France and got into a conversation with a painter, a friend of a friend. She was asking me about the dissertation I was writing in comparative literature, and about the relationship between Romanticism and Modernism, the Enlightenment and so on. I was stunned because people in the US had asked about my dissertation hundreds of times, but the resulting conversation was never more than a few sentences, and it almost always ended with “So what are you gonna do with that, teach?” Even more amazing was that after a moment other people started listening to me over her shoulder. Actually, I couldn’t believe it, so later I asked around, thinking maybe they were all academics in disguise or something, but they weren’t. Some worked in advertising, a few were artists. I don’t think any of them had an advanced degree, they just somehow considered literary history to be a matter of general public interest! I had never seen anything like that before.
With France’s current “socialist” president having an approval rating that is in the single digits, and the state of emergency continuing indefinitely, Le Pen probably does have a chance of winning the election. I know her party has roots in Hitler’s puppet French government, but I am not sure how fascist they are at this time, and I also know that having roots in Vichy is not unique to the Front National. François Mitterrand, in his youth, was a part of that operation too.