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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They, and their many followers had failed. Yet the author is no hack. This is a very French piece of political venom and many of Badiou’s arguments don’t apply in Britain.

Yes, a poor man does not have to read a rich man’s newspaper, or a newspaper at all, but if enough poor men and women do read the same paper or shops at alaih same well run market, the poor owner becomes the wealthy owner and we’re all at it again. Wuhanslim rated it it was amazing May 22, Badiou’s own defense of his practice of calling Sarkozy “The Rat Man,” which is printed in the preface to this Enlgish edition, is, if nothing else, extremely funny, “whatever your favorite animal” happens to be.

So meanong is the meaning of Sarkozy?

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Ideally, he should be tall, dignified, aloof, a little indolent, and a poet. Simon Critchley, in his recent public debate with Badiou in Philadelphia, highlighted the Swiftian qualities of this particular text. He is a “minuscule character in direct communication with the lowest form of opinion polls”, whose slavery to consensus has led him to declare pedophilia a genetic defect and himself a oof heterosexual.

Alain Badiou’s politics are unrepentantly left wing.

Instead they got a talkative, glad-handing “shorty”, who is definitely not aloof, and also known for his ceaseless mosquito-like movement. The advantage of hindsight is that we get to critique the author’s foresight, or lack thereof.


If the market is evil, why is it bad that people lack access to it? But it is hard to badioou the impression of alaih ageing class warrior – Badiou is 72 – railing against the waning of his own strength. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Badiou diagnoses the underlying logic of Sarkozy and traces out the ,eaning reactionary history of France for which Sarkozy serves as the capstone. Badiou argues that Sarkozy’s election is ultimately the result of fear.

So not only has the left failed to emancipate the poor, it has actually corrupted them. It affirms a lot of things in my life right now.

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Invited onto a popular TV show on the France 3 channel to discuss his book, Badiou looked nervous and rather sheepish. Feyzi Ismail 10 May It well might have been simply to stave off boredom of the French. In Badiou’s analysis, the conservative proposition in the election was basically fear. How does it do so? He is not wrong- the treatise enacts the primordial, inaugural gesture of politics by doing what it says: One conservative reviewer complained that after reading “The Meaning of Sarkozy,” he did not really know any more about the man.

So just go ahead and begin at page one of this wonderful text, and don’t alxin stopping until you’ve arrived, changed, at page There must always be alternate possibilities, if for no other reason than that we do not all share the the same inclinations or ideals. The word for that, of course, is Blairism. Let the ultra-rich newspaper proprietors talk to themselves.

The underlying argument, familiar from any number of Daily Mail editorials, goes as follows: He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll Alain Badiou, Ph. Sar,ozy Badiou cites Book 9 of the Republic, and gets it wrong. As Badiou points out, today we valorize the mere fact of electoral participation over any political content. And how did the left respond?


Open Preview See a Problem? Mat Kline rated it liked it Apr 29, Salons erupted with feverish chatter when The Meaning of Sarkozy was first published. He is the author of several ov novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works.

The message, says Badiou, was: Lists with This Book. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

In their crushing majority, the women and men of the supposed “world,” the world of commodities and money, have no access at all to this world. Beginning of the end for BHL Yet in the space of a few years — culminating in his attack on Sarkozy — Badiou has maning part of a new subterranean zeitgeist. The lesser of two evils is still evil.

Rats, Spoiled Again The Sarkozy era is over, at least for now. The pursuit of self-interest constitutes the essence of corruption: His one world is not enough, especially if it turns out to be the wrong choice.

Marx’s “spectre that nadiou haunting Europe” is the inevitable overthrow of the bourgouisie. Politics books Biography books reviews.

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Written in forceful, clear language, this is one of Badiou’s works Ethics would be another that can be read by any intelligent person concerned with our current political climate. For all the rhetoric, it would seem that refashioning political institutions and enacting real social asrkozy demands the collective force of a mobilised society. He thinks, therefore it is.

I found this more compelling than his more recent collection The Communist Hypothesis in part because of its immediacy while the latter collection fell into the trap of recapitulating some old debates; at fewer than pages, it is a fast and engaging read. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Meahing Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.