By Simone Weil, Simon Leys, Czesław Miłosz

Simone Weil—philosopher, activist, mystic—is probably the most uncompromising of recent non secular masters. In “On the Abolition of All Political Parties” she demanding situations the root of the trendy liberal political order, making a controversy that has specific resonance this day, while the apathy and anger of the folk and the self-serving partisanship of the political type current a possibility to democracies worldwide. Dissecting the dynamic of strength and propaganda brought on by social gathering spirit, the expanding omit for fact in desire of opinion, and the ensuing corruption of schooling, journalism, and artwork, Weil forcefully makes the case real politics can basically commence the place get together spirit ends.

This quantity additionally contains an admiring portrait of Weil through the nice poet Czeslaw Milosz and an essay approximately Weil’s friendship with Albert Camus via the translator Simon Leys.

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She was closest to a small group, La Revolution Proletarienne, which followed the traditions of French syndicalism. Her numerous political articles on the chances of the workers' strug­ gle in France, on economic policy, on the causes of Nazism in Germany, as well as her studies on the mechanism of society and on the history of Europe, have been recently collected in a few volumes. Only some of them had been published in her lifetime, in little known magazines. The desire to share the fate of the oppressed led her to a momentous decision.

Jesus did not reply. ' There is only one answer. Truth is all the thoughts that surge in the mind of a thinking creature whose unique, total, exclusive desire is for the truth. Mendacity, error (the two words are synonymous), are the thoughts of those who do not desire truth, or those who desire truth plus something else. For instance, they desire truth, but they also desire conformity with such or such received ideas. Yet how can we desire truth if we have no prior knowledge of it? This is the mystery of all mysteries.

Those who believe that the contradiction between necessity and the good can be solved on any level other than that of mystery delude themselves. 'We have to be in a desert. ' 'To love God through and across the destruction of Troy and Carthage, and without consolation. ' For Simone Weil, society is as subject to the rule of necessity as all the phenomena of the world. Yet if Nature is nothing but necessity and therefore inno­ cent, below the level of good and evil, society is a domain where beings endowed with consciousness suf­ fer under the heel of an ally and tenant of necessity, the Prince of Darkness.

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