The Meaning of Sarkozy has ratings and 11 reviews. Mat said: The French have an international reputation as revolutionaries, rebels and rioters. But. Nicolas Sarkozy emerges in Badiou’s book as a figure who wants to close down once for all any alternatives to this divided world. The book treats Sarkozy as an. Alain Badiou Verso, London, , pp., £/$, ISBN Written before and after Sarkozy’s election to the.

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Mat Kline rated it liked it Apr 29, Even if Badiou disdains argument, must he not acknowledge the disasters of 20th-century communism? And as a consequence of this, a democratic government is unsuited to the service of any idea at all… The French revolutionaries, who were republicans and not democrats, termed “corruption” the subjection of governmental power to business matters… “Corruption” in this sense is essentially expressed in Guizot’s famous slogan “Enrich yourselves!

Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation.

Topics Nicolas Sarkozy The Observer. If globalization makes all markets accessible, then surely it works the other way, sovereignty is meaningless and communities must accept all comers. What did he mean by that? Or worse, Sarkozy is guilty of Petainism, “servile to the powers that be”, a crime to be sure, but Badiou offers little to make it stick. I think I will be using his concept for a long while. Of course Marx long ago said exactly this; but why should we accept it? But in some quartiers of Aarkozy, Badiou is practically a celebrity.

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.


Let the ultra-rich newspaper proprietors talk to themselves. Wuhanslim rated it it was amazing May 22, He refuses to accept any of the premises of what he calls “parliamentary cretinism”, preferring to judge politicians by their proximity to the absolute moral truth contained in “the communist hypothesis”.

Ssarkozy Review 15, No. But it is not true that human subjects freely exist in this world. So jus My only complaint about this book is against its title. All that exist in this world are things — objects for sale — and signs — the abstract instruments of sale and purchase, the various forms of money and credit. But how can people rise out of poverty unless their material welfare concerns sqrkozy The right wing turned to Sarkozy out of fear of immigrants, workers and the youth of the suburbs.

The Left no longer scares anyone; up with the rich, down with the poor?

It leads bqdiou to concentrate on such trivial matters as their personal welfare. Truth be told, the earkozy of Sarkozy he complains about of having rich friends or a celebrity wife or encouraging meritocracy, at least in word if not by deed, were rather drab compared to the neighbour Berlosconi, another icon who has since sunk.

For this one can simply read Chapter 4 and throw away the rest of the book. Zoomorphism for me, proclaims the persnickety philosophe, I can degrade the humanity of those I dislike.

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

Rather, capitalism allows a privileged class to pursue unlimited wealth fhe the expense of exploiting others. Let us withdraw our interest from the interests that their self-interest wants to make ours. The book argues that real political change comes from the collective actions of ordinary people.


Stop reading those papers. Long-discredited dogmas of Marxism, accompanied by frequent references to Lenin and Mao as purveyors of wisdom, form the backbone of this deplorable book. On those terms, it isn’t meainng that he finds the current French president deficient. If the market is evil, why is it bad that people lack access to it? On whose terms did it choose? There must always be alternate possibilities, if for no other reason than that we do not all share the the same inclinations or ideals.

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The absurdity of a system that gives a crushing majority to such a man, in order to avoid a danger that is largely imaginary. The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou. They are rigorously locked out of it, where baxiou are very few commodities for them and no money at all. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll Alain Badiou, Ph.

Ever since then he has remained politically active, focusing in particular on organising migrant workers and defending France’s minority communities. Macron is thw name of a crisis of any politics that purports to “represent” political orientations in an electoral space. On this reading, he does not spurn material goods entirely. I need to read his book dedicated on the topic. But as philosopher Alain Badiou points out in The Meaning of Sarkozy, the everyday reality is a different story.