Golden Silence

  • Anne Muxel
Part of the Europe in Transition: The Nyu European Studies Series book series (EIT)


People can agree on something without saying so, without calling for agreement, and even without really noticing that they are in agreement. The final figure of political agreement is characterized by tacit agreement requiring neither words nor comment. It draws near to the inexpressible: words are silver, but silence is golden. Within this figure, the first thing to be heard is silence and then, sometimes, a soft stuttering whisper where the desire for an encounter with difference can be heard.


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    The term “shortcuts” is used to designate cognitive shortcuts, or basic yardsticks which allow complex information to be interpreted and simplified particularly in politics. See Paul M. Sniderman, Richard A. Brody, and Philip E. Tetlock, Reasoning and Choice: Explorations in Political Psychology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Patrick Williams, Nous, on n’en parle pas. Les vivants et les morts chez les Manouches (Paris, Editions de la MSH, 1993).Google Scholar

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