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’s proposition is that rather than vote, the individual should reject all conventional political parameters and anchor himself to a transcendent “truth proposition”. Adriel rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Badiou is a serious philosopher, literary critic badioh dramatist.

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Of course Marx long ago said exactly this; but why should we accept it? Both of these points, these negations, are drawn from The Communist Manifesto but pervade writings on the left — both Marxist and other forms of revolutionary thought.

It is true that if you are looking to learn about Sarkozy’s life or loves you will be sorely disappointed. He has played upon such concerns by stoking fears “of foreigners, of bdiou, of alani people, of youngsters from the banlieues [slums], Muslims, black Meanung How civilization at more than a primitive level could exist without the division of labor Badiou does not deign to tell us.


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.

Again, if Badiou complains that people lack access to commodities and money, why does he not extol the spread of capitalism, which provides precisely those things?

There is no alternative to capitalism today. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. He rejects ordinary human beings th their banausic interests and wishes to replace them with something better.

The Meaning of Sarkozy. The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou. Instead, he just assumes it as given.

To do this expresses courage:. That message was refined, in the presidential campaign, into a more nuanced promise of purgative change: The Mises Review 15, No. Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today.

Badiou offers no argument that Marx’s account of capitalism is right. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Once elected, “Sarkozy hammered home the point that he was now president of us all”.

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We must adopt the “communist hypothesis”:. They are rigorously locked out of it, where there are very few commodities for them and no money sarokzy all.

Up with the rich, down with the poor. And we should take turns, only please let me know when it is Alain’s sarkozg to be a brain surgeon as I’d like to schedule my operation for another day.


As for the unabashed communism, it is a point that is sure to divide readers. The middle classes need no longer feel guilty at the sight of poverty.

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Feb 25, Lena Chilari rated it it was ok. The Cultural Revolution attempted this test, and rapidly became chaotic and violent, given that the definition of the enemy was uncertain, and that it was directed ssarkozy the single pillar of society: It is blunt, often simplistic, and deliberatley provocative. Badiou is painfully clear at times: In this, neither chaotic Nicolas Sarkozy, nor the communist hypnosis could help. The book purports to analyze the recent victory of Nicolas Sarkozy in the election for president of France.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. One conservative reviewer complained that after reading “The Meaning of Sarkozy,” he did not really know any more about the man. And if the Islamist succeed in Mali there will be more of them looking for work in Marseille, which is may be why the Socialist M. Get to Know Us.

The eminent French philosopher is not tuned into the music of liberal democracy.