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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The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou. It is blunt, often simplistic, and deliberatley provocative.

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He insists that it is both possible and necessary to open up what he calls a “new sequence” of radical egalitarian politics that starts from a thorough rejection of the limits that capitalism tries to impose. Politics books Biography books reviews. The Left no longer scares anyone; up with the rich, down with the poor?

There must always be alternate possibilities, if for no other reason than that we do not all share the the same inclinations or ideals. Truth be told, the “excesses” of Sarkozy he complains about of having rich friends or a earkozy 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.


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Adriel rated it it was amazing Oct 27, And how did the left respond? Verso July 6, Language: This has never bothered the great revolutionaries:.

meanint Katrinka rated it it was amazing Nov 16, Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. My only complaint about this book is against its title. Unless one is willing to analyse the state entirely independently of society, it would seem that a disoriented society should translate into a weak — or at least a disoriented — state.

That message was refined, in the presidential campaign, into a more nuanced promise of purgative change: This is a very French piece of political venom and many of Badiou’s arguments don’t apply in Britain. It is precisely this nostalgia that has taken hold of much of the Socialist Party. In this, neither chaotic Nicolas Sarkozy, nor the communist hypnosis could help. Jan 31, Malcolm rated it really liked it Shelves: How can we accept this state of affairs?

Mat Kline rated it liked bwdiou Apr 29, To ask other readers questions about The Meaning of Sarkozyplease sign up. I like Badiou’s candor and feisty expressions, but I think he is wrong.


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Let the ultra-rich newspaper proprietors talk to themselves. Instead, the communist hypothesis must be embraced as a matter of faith.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In Badiou’s analysis, the conservative proposition in the election was basically fear.

Share your sarkozj with other customers. The absurdity of a system that gives a crushing majority to such a man, in order to avoid a danger that is largely imaginary.

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So what is the answer? There’s a problem loading this menu right now. He is currently working on a book on EU foreign meeaning, and is interested in questions of democracy and legitimacy in Europe. Sartre said in an interview, which I paraphrase: So jus My only complaint about this book is against its title.

It was precisely the inability to agree on any points of principle internally that pushed the Socialist candidate to unite on an anti-Sarkozy meaninh.

Rats, Spoiled Again The Sarkozy era is over, at least for now. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.