The difference between the US and France
In his “Letter to a Harsh Critic,” Deleuze is responding to an unnamed critic, most likely from personal correspondence with the philosopher Alain Badiou.
The letter alludes to criticism of Deleuze’s project of creative self-realization “becoming” and “schizoanalysis” as being too Oedipal (i.e., traditional, normal, bourgeois) because he is not gay, has a wife and children, teaches classes at Vincennes, and generally behaves too much like a celebrity. It is hard to imagine anyone in the United States receiving criticism for these “faults.” In fact these faults are almost mandatory prerequisites if running for a political office here.
Seen from this perspective it appears that, for the French, the legacy of the French Revolution is still a struggle to understand and realize the meaning of “Liberté, égalité, fraternité.” The American Revolution, by contrast, appears to be a struggle over wealthy merchants’ refusal to pay taxes or submit to government authority.