oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - The editor's note

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785



Sometime in March, I contacted Alain Badiou. An article he had written had been rejected, or shall we say “censored” by a French newspaper of (so-called) record. His essay dealt with the French Yellow Vests (Gilets jaunes) movement which, at that stage, had clocked up another record in a country that is supposed to be a benign democracy (and is in reality an illiberal republic): hundreds of injured protesters, and worse; and no result, being outmanoeuvred by managerial politics. I wrote to him, asking whether he would let AYOR publish it. “Bien entendu” was his immediate response. I let those who understand French to weigh those two words: “bien/entendu”.

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