Jacques Attali

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Italy, What’s In A Name?


During my entire life, I have nourished my inspiration through Italy. I have learnt the language at an early age. Italy’s literature has always overwhelmed me (to cite Primo and Carlo Levi among others); her poetry does not leave my…

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What Is Meant by “the people?”


In the United States, as well as in Venezuela; in Great Britain as well as in France; in China as well as in India, there is an old word that has made a fashionable return: “the people.” However, this word…

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Exposing Silence, At Last

Art and Culture

There aren’t any topics or subjects that have not been, at least in some part of the world, the theme of an exhibition; and the most extravagant projects have become the most ordinary. In short, nothing surprises anyone anymore. And…

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Democratic Illusion and Capitalist Cynicism


In an era marked by leaders with increasingly populist tendencies leading a substantial part of the planet; and in the rare places where these types of leaders are not in power, there are citizens from every township in the universe…

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For a Positive Democracy


The pathetic Brexit debate in the British Parliament, (blocked between three contradictory choices, and no majority support for any of the three) reminds us that situations can arise where the preferences of individuals may be rational, but the collective preferences…

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For A Democracy of Humility and Respect


During these times of turmoil and disorder, a time period marked by democratic governments being challenged, attacked, vilified and overthrown, it has become easy to issue an indictment against democracy, and particularly the manner in which it is carried out,…

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For Every Problem, One Single Solution: My Own


In every country and in every social circle, everyone is in involved in discussions related to a myriad of problems, which include: the climate, unemployment, terrorism, injustice, health, education, retirement pensions, culture and national identity. Moreover, in every country and…