Michel Clouscard

Michel Clouscard (born in 1928 in Montpinier in the Tarn) is a Marxist philosopher and sociologist.


Its higher education in letters and philosophy were completed on a state thesis, The Being and The Code, constant in front of a jury made up of Henri Lefebvre and Jean-Paul Sartre.

State Doctor, he was a then professor of sociology at the university of Poitiers from 1975 to 1990.

As of the beginning of the Seventies, Michel Clouscard develops a critic of libertarian liberalism


According to Clouscard, capitalism of seduction with libertarian liberal face rises from the evolution itself of the capitalistic mode of production. It testifies to a qualitative jump of the accumulated quantities which, a certain moment, reach a libertarian structure of society.

With its libertarian face, liberalism achieves his concept. Until the catastrophe. Clouscard speaks then about neofascism.

Drawing up the inventory of fixtures of the liberal counter-revolution's consequences, Clouscard produced a philosophical work to think and propose the bases of a new social contract and to allow a progressist re-foundation.


  • Marx exclusively devoted himself to the study of the concentration of possession: capital, because it is the principle of political economy.

We will propose the study of the drift of accumulation like the principle of phenomenological knowledge for studying the change of the bourgeoisie of free enterprise into the bourgeoisie of services and functions of the liberal society. Thus we will reveal an enormous unvoiced comment, that of the genealogy of this liberal society.”

The permissiveness of abundance, growth, new models of consumption, leaves the place to the interdict of the crisis, the shortage, the absolute depauperation. These two historical components amalgamate in the head, in the spirit, thus creating the subjective conditions of the neofascism. From Cohn-Bendit (libertarian leftist) to Le Pen (French extreme nationalist), the loop is buckled: here comes the time of frustrated revanchists.”

  • “The State was the superstructural authority of capitalist repression. This is why Marx denounces it. But today, with globalisation, the inversion is total. Whereas the state-nation could be the means of oppression of a class by another, it becomes the means of resisting globalisation. It is a dialectical process."

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