Alain Badiou, France’s leading radical theorist and commentator, dissects the Sarkozy phenomenon in this sharp, focused intervention. He argues that the. Alain Badiou (Verso, London, ). ‘[I]f human society is a collection of individuals pursuing their self-interest, if this is the eternal reality, then it is certain that. Philosophers, it is well known, only interpret the world, when the point is to change it. France’s Alain Badiou is a rare exception to this rule – a philosopher who.

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Rats, Spoiled Again The Sarkozy era is over, at least for now. Boredom and fear of the possibility of alqin ruled by a drab member of la petite bourgeoisie.

Andrew Otway rated it really liked it Feb 05, It would not do for a politician to point out to those voters a connection between crime and inequality, since that would imply that they should surrender some of their wealth to the common good. I think I will be using his concept for a long while.

After all, no one te the Labour party is doing the job.

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Craig rated it really liked it Dec 19, Meanwhile, absolute moral authority is replaced by cultural relativism and, in the British version, “political correctness”. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Badiou has no doubt. Badiou argues that Sarkozy’s election is ultimately the result of fear. That message was refined, in the presidential campaign, into a more nuanced promise of purgative change: He insists that it is both possible and necessary to open up what he calls a “new sequence” of radical egalitarian politics that starts from a thorough rejection of the limits that capitalism tries to impose.

It affirms a lot of things in my life right now. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation. In fact, this desire to invest the presidency with so much power is a measure of how difficult it has become to make and implement policy via the mediating institutions of society.


France’s Alain Badiou is a rare exception to this rule – a philosopher who tries to do both. The unlikely mainstream success of his book has enraged the right, who responded with a furious campaign accusing Badiou of anti-Semitism – a baseless charge that Badiou takes great pleasure in ridiculing. He thinks, therefore it is. He is the quintessential soixante-huitard – a veteran of the revolution manque in Paris in May – who, after climbing down from the barricade, forged a comfortable career teaching successive generations about the moral bankruptcy of the bourgeois state from inside bourgeois, state-funded universities.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Making policy nationally appeared to New Labour as a Sisyphean task: The labourer who is more often a reactionary as he has something to defendthe artist, the scientist, but not the technologist who turns science into profit, and of course the philosopher and the mathematician, all of who he holds in high esteem. So what is the answer?

Nor does Badiou have any sense of Sarkozy’s failings or accomplishments.

Badiou scorns this proposition as a vacuous derivation of Sarkozy’s fear-mongering. Badiou has made a strange complaint. They belong to the king of concrete, the prince of luxury products, the emperor of military aircraft, the magnate of celebrity magazines, the water millionaire He warns his readers to be free of any nostalgia that a triumphant Sarkozy might inspire. Read more Read less. He is a far cry from the affable politician-postman, Olivier Besancenot, whose recently launched anti-capitalist party is worrying the moderates on the French left.

So what, for the sake of argument, would our national equivalent be? Badiou has fallen into the trap of logical purity; from bad premises come bad conclusions. But it is hard to escape the impression of an ageing class warrior – Badiou is 72 – railing against the waning of his own strength.

To ask other readers questions about The Meaning of Sarkozyplease sign up. It becomes a matter of some importance, then, to see exactly what the true path of virtue dictates. It is the boredom and the satiety, which became today the mortal enemies of the glorious European civilization. In fact, they can bask in the righteous glow of victimhood, believing themselves besieged by a degenerate, aggressive lower class. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


Skip to main content. Badiou breezily asserts that sarkoz contemporary political event is yet another twist in the screw of state power: In any case, what sticks out amidst this mass vote is a feeling of absurdity.

Decoding Sarkozy

Showing of 4 reviews. His analysis of Sarkozy is on the money.

Performances In any case, what sticks out amidst this mass vote is a feeling of absurdity. Collective disorientation is not overcome or transcended by the state, but reflected in its actions.

The Meaning of Sarkozy

Once the campaign was over, there was nothing left to keep the Socialist leadership from atrophying. And it would embody the politics of winning and wielding power as a glorified public relations exercise. Badiou argues that to escape from the atmosphere of depression and anxiety that currently envelops the Left, we need to cast aside the slavish alzin of electoral democracy.

Oc jus My only complaint about this book is against its title. Share your thoughts with other customers. He deconstructs, with languid, sarcastic ferocity, the notion that “France chose Sarkozy”.

He is also pro-American, mon dieu! People must spurn so crass a slogan and surrender themselves to the pursuit of virtue. These are the qualities that made his book a bestseller in France, and they shine forth for British readers too. How civilization at more than a primitive level could exist without the division of labor Badiou does not deign to tell us.

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