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New Left Review I/115, May-June 1979

Henri Weber

Reply to Debray

Régis Debray’s epigrams on May ’68 are certainly amusing. All the same, they are dubious and even rather mystifying.

What the ex-prisoner of Camiri says in substance is that if the May movement had not existed, French capitalism would have had to invent it! In his view, ‘the logic at work in the uprising ten years ago was one not of rupture but of reconciliation’ . . . the general strike ‘served as a factor tending to stabilize fundamental class relations’; and it is from 1968 that ‘in Europe, the West wind began to prevail over the East wind’, and so on.

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