ROBERT WRIGHT

Crisis, What Crisis?

More history, less hysteria

States of Emergency

President Emmanuel Macron intends to lift the state of emergency in France, though the terror threat persists.  Clearly, he wants to appease the activist left, which has embraced "state of exception" theory as a critique of all governments everywhere—and specifically as the basis for resisting Donald Trump.  The ostensible danger, to quote popularizer Naomi Klein, is that national crises can be invoked to "suspend constitutional protections and attack basic rights," and thus to usher in tyranny.  Macron wants to position himself on the civil-liberties side of the angels.  But whether he will order the 10,000 French troops in Paris to stand down remains to be seen.