On the Abolition of All Political Parties

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Political parties are a marvellous mechanism . . . If one were to entrust the organisation of public life to the devil, he could not invent a more clever device.'
Here Simon Leys translates for the first time into English an essay by the remarkable Simone Weil – philosopher, activist, mystic – which makes a case for the corrupting effect of political parties on political life. This is a dazzling account of the perils of political conformity, written with brilliant clarity and wit.
It is combined with an essay by Nobel Prize-winner Czeslaw Milosz 'on the importance of Simone Weil' and an essay by Simon Leys on the influence of Weil, especially on Albert Camus and Milosz. This is a beautiful package of writing by some of the finest minds of the last century.