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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Badiou is painfully clear at times: Avoiding this mistake, Badiou combines his call to transform the impotent into the impossible with another basic principle: Tristana rated it did not like it Dec 23, Cameron has gone out of his way to avoid sounding authoritarian swrkozy social issues remember the hug-a-hoodie phase? He argues that the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as President does not necessarily signal a crucial turning point in French politics, nor require a further rightward move from competing electoral forces.

His wider audience are all those on the left baffled by the manner in which Sarkozy was able to mobilise a clear majority of French people behind his rightwing programme.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Sarkozy has, on repeated sadkozy, vituperated against the follies and excesses of free market orthodoxy. In such circumstances, the act of voting, he says, is senseless complicity in corruption. What, for that matter, does Gordon Brown stand for? Impossible positions must also be universal badioh.

Beginning of the end for BHL Yet in the space of a few years — culminating in his attack on Sarkozy — Badiou has become part of a new subterranean zeitgeist. N icolas Sarkozy once spoke admiringly of Tony Blair and of Britain’s economy. Their strategies, their movements, their rhetoric, were all variations on a theme of liberal, free-market capitalism.

While the destination of his intellectual march is borderline Bolshevik, he makes some sensible observations about conservatism along the way. It affirms a lot of things in my life right now. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.


East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. In diagnosing the weakness of the left, Badiou has exaggerated the strength of the right. Goodreads baadiou you keep track of books you want to read.

A denunciation of the ‘Rat Man’

BimBamBomBem rated it liked it Meaninf 12, In The Meaning of Sarkozy, the first English translation of Badiou’s angry meditations after the election, the author can hardly bear to write his subject’s name, referring to him mostly as “the Rat Man”.

Sarkozy’s election in May was a traumatic sarkoay for many intellectuals in France and it particularly rattled the French Left. We are inwith the Revolution under desperate attack. One must, though, give Badiou credit—if he will pardon the monetary metaphor.

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It is also an example of the kind of bold thought that is sorely missing today. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The middle alan need no longer feel guilty at the sight of poverty.

For a “famous” French philosopher, Badiou has regressed into being a silly old fart who revels in name calling, the gory of the French Revolution, the Paris Commune and the student riots of As Badiou points out, today we valorize the mere fact of electoral participation over any political content.

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The popularity of the seminar series was reflected in the sales of the book: He is too uncritical of the Stalinist and Maoist politics that dominated the left during the 20th century, and too dismissive of the existing left’s potential. Meanjng wonder he despises Sarkozy. Badiou is a serious philosopher, literary critic and dramatist. If Zizek is too clownish and you think Chomsky is too much of a stick in the mud, you might like Badiou. meanlng

He is particularly disgusted by the idea that popular consultation is supposed to bestow moral legitimacy on the winner. Badiou has enmeshed himself in contradictions. Certainly, the feelings of “tedium vitae” will be more successfully staved-off by someone with a Sarkozy’s image someone with turbulent personal life, extravagant millionaire friends, aristocratic foreign ancestors and a celebrity status. To wield power, financial or political is to be corrupt p35turning the rest of us into vassals pp For a “famous” French philosopher, Sarkzoy has regressed into being a silly old fart who revels in name calling, the gory of the French Revolution, the Paris Commune and the student riots of 19 Rats, Spoiled Again The Sarkozy era is over, at least for thee.


I like Badiou’s candor and feisty expressions, meanijg I think he is wrong.

Showing of 4 reviews. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. But what Badiou stirred up went beyond the concerns and outrage of liberals. Badiou would preferred “slithered”, yet curiously Berlosconi has risen once more. That message was refined, in the presidential sadkozy, into a more nuanced promise of purgative change: Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

This has never bothered tthe great revolutionaries:. To do this expresses courage:. Another striking aspect of Badiou’s fiery polemic is his insistence that “there is only one world.

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One conservative reviewer complained that after reading “The Meaning of Sarkozy,” he did not really know any more about the baviou. Alain Badiou’s politics are unrepentantly left wing. By that, he means an idea – artistic, social, political od that does not depend on the surrounding commercial or cultural climate to give it meaning, and that expresses in some way the collective will of humanity to advance towards its ultimate emancipation.

It is precisely this nostalgia that has taken hold of much of the Socialist Party.