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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Money transforms people into objects. For all the rhetoric, it would seem that refashioning political institutions and enacting real social change demands the collective force of a mobilised society.

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”.

It would not do for a politician to point out meaming those voters a connection between crime and inequality, since that would imply that they should surrender some of their wealth meaningg the common good. This lurch to the left by the president has pulled the rug out from the social democratic Strauss-Kahnian wing of the Socialist Party, pushing it towards the extremes of populism or ultra-leftism.

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Badiou’s insistence on etching out a new form of political action, a true alternative to what he calls “capitalo-parliamtentarism” is fresh and invigorating. France needs to rebalance itself and urgently address its own economic and political dysfunctions.


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He had already cultivated a reputation as a hard man as interior minister under President Jacques Chirac and famously responded to race riots in Paris suburbs in with a promise to “hose nadiou scum” off the streets. But as Zizek has pointed out, this kind of resistance is in fact surrender: One person found this helpful.

Quite the contrary, he opposes the market for its emphasis on meabing welfare. How does it do so? To ask other readers questions about The Meaning of Sarkozyplease sign up. The communist hypothesis is that a different collective organization is practicable, one that will eliminate the inequality of wealth and even the division of labour; every individual will tne a “multi-purpose worker,” and in particular people will circulate between manual and intellectual work, as well as between town and country.

Let us withdraw our interest from the interests that their self-interest wants to make ours. He is one of the most sarkizy current French philosophers, his Being and Event acclaimed by many as a masterpiece.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Take heart, then, that Badiou is here to offer resistance to the blithe opinion-mongering of these servile sycophants. France’s Alain Badiou is a rare exception to this rule – a philosopher who tries to do both.

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 Badiou has a meeaning knack for combining speculative conceptual arguments with brawling polemic, and his book is a joy to read.

Aug 22, Phoenix rated it did not like it Shelves: This fear, alaln and gloomy, creates the desire for a master who will protect you, even if only while oppressing and impoverishing you all the more. He rejects ordinary human beings and their banausic interests and wishes to replace them with something better.


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It would be economically liberal – a variant of Thatcherism – but dressed in vague aspirations to achieve social justice. He celebrated his election as president in by dining at Paris restaurant Fouquet’s – traditionally the after-party location for France’s equivalent of the Oscars – and then holidaying in Malta on a billionaire friend’s yacht.

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 19 Rats, Spoiled Again The Sarkozy era is over, at least for now. That message was refined, in the presidential campaign, into a more nuanced promise of purgative change: The Meaning of Sarkozy. 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.

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Another striking aspect of Alaiin fiery polemic is his insistence that “there is only one world. He calls it fear of fear. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the SubjectBeing and EventManifesto for Philosophyand Gilles Deleuze.

Again, Badiou has nothing to say. Once the campaign was over, there was nothing left to keep the Socialist leadership from atrophying. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Once elected, “Sarkozy hammered home the point that he was now president of us all”.