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Alain Badiou ‘regrets’ backing Khmer Rouge genociders.

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Thirty-three years after having supported the Khmer Rouge genocide the philosopher expresses regret.

In his own inimitable way that is…

“Je le regrette. Et je suis heureux de le dire ici publiquement : je regrette d’avoir écrit ce texte. Mais il ne suffit pas de le regretter. Regretter et se repentir, on peut toujours le faire. C’est très facile. Nos chefs d’État eux-mêmes n’arrêtent pas de se repentir et de demander pardon. Au bout du compte, il vaut mieux penser que, comme le dit Spinoza, “le repentir n’est pas une vertu”

“I’m sorry. And I’m happy to say here publicly: I regret writing this text, but it is not enough to regret. Regretting and repenting, we can always do this… it is very easy. Our Heads of State themselves do not stop to repent and ask for forgiveness. Ultimately, it is better to think that, as Spinoza said, “Repentance is not a virtue.”

From Le Point.

Repentance would be a virtue if Badiou now came out with some of the other crimes he backed in his past, starting with the anti-Communist witch-hunters (the ‘Maoist’, MRPP)  in Portugal after the Carnation Revolution. 

More on the tortured self-justifications of this philosophical fraud here.

Written by Andrew Coates

November 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm

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  1. how do you think it compares with the beloved comrade Norm’s expression of “regret” for backing the genocide in Iraq? Maybe you could run the two side by side for the purposes of comparison.

    holy joe

    November 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

  2. Reblogged this on wallacerunnymede and commented:
    The Regressive Left is a Problem. And the Grand Old Man is a problem amid the Problem.

    Wallace Runnymede

    May 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm


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