chapter  27
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Democracy and humanity

WithMIREILLE DELMAS-MARTY

Humanity has a bad reputation. For some, it carries the risk of a totalitarianism that, in the name of the progress of humanity, makes man a slave. Others, meanwhile, see it as a profoundly subversive notion, one that leads directly to a fundamentalism of human rights, which is hardly compatible with State sovereignty. And this without forgetting the somewhat ostentatious sentimentalism of the humanitarian generation, whose solidarity would seem to take the form of a ‘great cosseting’.1