A brilliant woman who was a study in fiercely maintained contradictions,
a star student who went to work on a factory line, a Jewish convert to
Catholicism who insisted on refusing baptism, Simone Weil is one of the
most intransigent and taxing of spiritual masters, always willing to
push her thinking-and us-one step beyond the apparently reasonable in
pursuit of the one truth, the one good. She asks hard questions and
avoids easy answers. In this essay-now in English for the first time-she
challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order, making
an argument that will have particular resonance in present-day America.
Examining the dynamic of power and propaganda caused by party spirit,
the increasing disregard for truth in favor of opinion, and the
consequent corruption of education, journalism, and art, Weil proposes
that politics can only begin where the party spirit comes to an end.
The volume also reprints an admiring portrait of Weil by the Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and an essay about Weil's friendship with Albert Camus by the translator Simon Leys.
On The Abolition Of All Polictical Parties - Simone Weil
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