De la révolution aux révoltes
- Préface et annotations : Frédéric Rognon
De la révolution aux révoltes : paradoxal, le titre de l’ouvrage en annonce la teneur à la fois critique et programmatique. Contrairement aux poncifs de la période du « tout politique » de ces années 50 à 70 où l’on croyait fermement que la prise de pouvoir par l’État allait changer le monde et la vie, Jacques Ellul montre qu’aujourd’hui la révolution est un leurre et que seules des révoltes locales peuvent avoir un réel impact sur les conditions concrètes d’existence.
- La petite vermillon (n° 345)
- Paru le 10/02/2011
- Genres : Essais et documents - La Petite Vermillon
- 512 pages - 110 x 175 mm
- EAN : 9782710367369
- ISBN : 9782710367369
From Revolution to Revolts
USA (Wipf & Stock)
This essay is Part Two of a trilogy, including also Autopsie de la révolution and Changer de révolution.
After a revelation that led him to Christianity and an intensive reading of Marx, Jacques Ellul studied law. He then devoted himself to reflection on the evolution of modern society. He noted the disappearance of rural life and the mechanization of man’s environment. He foresaw the magnitude of this ecological and social “great mutation”.
Considering that technique is the determining factor of modern society, he leads a critique of what he calls “technological tyranny”. He further analyses that technique self-increases, imposing its values of efficiency and technical progress, while denying man’s needs and culture as well as the nature.
Sociology is not his only field. His work is composed of theologian and historian output. Some would also say that he is a philosopher, although he did not define himself as such.
As a militant anarchist whose ideas are close to situationism, but also as a subtle commentator of Marxist thought and excesses, he was instrumental in the establishment of political ecology and reflections on Christian anarchism. He also wrote many theological works on the Gospel’s subversive and liberating aspects and on the “perversion” which the Christian revelation has suffered from. Some of his other works are thoughts on ethics and on hope.
Jacques Ellul can be considered as one of the fathers of the idea of rational economic decay and voluntary simplicity.
“Jacques Ellul, a true thinker” Royaliste
“A kind of clairvoyant who had already predict everything” Réforme
“His writings remained fiery, the prophet’s voice still resonates” La Croix