Étienne Chouard

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Étienne Chouard
Étienne Chouard.jpg
Chouard in 2014
Born (1956-12-21) 21 December 1956 (age 62)
NationalityFrench
OccupationTeacher, blogger, lecturer
Known forSupport of sortition
Websiteetienne.chouard.free.fr (in French)

Étienne Chouard (born 21 December 1956)[1][2] is a French economics and law teacher[3] and blogger.[4] During the 2005 French referendum campaign on the European Constitution he gained public attention by advocating against it,[5][6] notably for his discussion with Dominique Strauss-Kahn.[7]

Since then Chouard – who defines himself as a "seeker of the original cause of social injustices"[8] – has been working on different democratic systems and constitutions. He is a supporter of the idea of sortition[9][10] which could also be applied to constitutional conventions.[11] In 2013, Chouard wrote and put on a play entitled "Debt Explained to My Banker". [12]

In 2018-2019, during the Yellow vests movement, Etienne Chouard was frequently mentioned at the roundabouts, which led to a re-examination of his long advocacy for direct democracy, and also of positive statements he had made, then retracted in November 2014, about Alain Soral.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ariane Chemin, "Étienne Chouard, Don Quichotte du non" (paying archive) (archived copy of the article on scribd), Le Monde, 12 May 2005.
  2. ^ Chouard, Étienne (1956–....), notice d'autorité personne FRBNF12926776, catalogue général de la BnF
  3. ^ Thomas Lemahieu, "Et si Étienne Chouard faisait gagner le « non »", L'Humanité, 9 April 2005.
  4. ^ "15 blogueurs leaders d'opinion sur la toile", Le Monde, 11 March 2009.
  5. ^ Olivia Renaudin, "Sur Internet, le champion du non c'est Étienne Chouard", Libération,30 April 2005.
  6. ^ Étienne Chouard, "Une mauvaise constitution qui révèle un secret cancer de notre démocratie", Bellaciao.org, 30 March 2005.
  7. ^ "Traité constitutionnel : réponse à Etienne Chouard", Dominique Strauss-Khan's blog, 22 April 2005.
  8. ^ "Etienne Chouard : Chercher la cause des causes", TEDxRepubliqueSquare, 22 March 2012.
  9. ^ Jérôme Bouin, "Que devient Étienne Chouard ?", Le Figaro, 9 April 2007.
  10. ^ Video on YouTube: "Le tirage au sort comme bombe politiquement durable contre l'oligarchie"
  11. ^ Mathieu Deslandes, "Etienne Chouard n’est pas mort, il soigne les orphelins du « non »", Rue 89, 26 March 2012.
  12. ^ a b Mathoux, Hadrien (21 December 2018). "Vrai démocrate ou complotiste infréquentable ? Le blogueur Etienne Chouard divise la France insoumise". Marianne (in French). En novembre 2014, Etienne Chouard s'est nettement éloigné du penseur d'extrême droite. Faisant le constat des "accusations violentes" reçues après avoir posté le lien d'E&R sur son blog, le militant écrivait avoir "rapidement compris que [Soral] n'est pas du tout un démocrate", mais estimait que "une partie de son analyse du monde actuel" lui semblait "utile".

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