Professor Coquery-Vidrovitch has given an adequate rational explanation to forms of deeply irrational reflexes, which are the most inimical to the development of a democratic culture. The real problem that those irrational reflexes demonstrate is the ultimate triumph of metalepsis in which the effect of history is being substituted for the cause, and more fatalistically, for the transcendental cause. I think more than any explanation, only a re-inscription in reality of stable governmental systems can mitigate and correct those kinds of reflexes. How that happens requires our collective mind and efforts.
Department of English
Michigan State University.