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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Macron is the name of a crisis of any politics that purports to “represent” political oof in an electoral space. So when he quotes Mao approvingly and equivocates over the rights and wrongs of the Cultural Revolution, it is hard not to feel a certain pride in workaday Anglo-Saxon empiricism, which inoculates us against the tyranny of pure political abstraction.

Gone zarkozy the days of “Merkozy” defining the European economic ship of state and now we are left with a rather blandish white Hollandaise.

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He rightly points out that in today’s sarkosy, people cannot freely move wherever they please:. 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. That not-altogether-happy task will soon detain us; but before it does so, we need to consider Badiou’s one argument against capitalism that merits consideration.

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. In his radical critique of the democratic regime, Plato noted how, from the standpoint of such a regime, what politics has to regulate is the anarchy of material desires.

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So what is the meaning of Sarkozy?

But of course our great philosopher cannot be bothered to read Mises. Badiou argues that Sarkozy’s election is ultimately the result of fear. 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.

He was swept up by the May uprising, when he joined a revolutionary organisation. I am sure sarokzy Badiou would brush all this aside.

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This fear, conservative and gloomy, creates the desire for a master who will protect you, even if only baddiou oppressing and impoverishing you all the more. This book provides evidence of the abysmal intellectual standards of much of contemporary Continental philosophy.

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And it would embody the politics of winning and wielding power as a glorified public relations exercise. Badiou sarkozzy no argument that Marx’s account of capitalism is sarokzy. He was, for instance, one of the few French intellectuals to denounce the ban on the Muslim headscarf. The book argues that real political change comes from the collective actions of ordinary people.

To do this expresses courage:. Badiou is insightful and funny, especially when he gleefully castigates France’s corrupt political elites and idiotic business classes. The lesser of two evils is still evil. So not only has the left failed to emancipate the poor, it has actually corrupted them.

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Of course Marx thee ago said exactly this; but why should we accept it? Yet the book is strangely compelling. Again, Badiou has nothing to say. The parallels with Australia are obvious.


The Mises Review 15, No. Part of the Pocket Communism series. One must, though, give Badiou credit—if he will pardon the monetary metaphor. Mises Review 15, No. Suddenly the music stopped and, like children in a party game, they were caught striking meaningless poses. The right wing turned to Sarkozy out of fear of immigrants, workers and the youth of the suburbs.

He deconstructs, with languid, sarcastic ferocity, the mwaning that “France chose Sarkozy”. The Left no longer scares anyone; up with the rich, down with the poor?

The message, says Badiou, was: Hence, as Marx long ago noted, we need a temporary dictatorship of the proletariat to destroy the old materialistic order. If competition, mening “free market,” the sum of little pleasures, and the walls that protect you from the desires of the weak, are the alpha and omega of all collective and private existence, then the human animal is not worth a cent.

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. The French have an international reputation as revolutionaries, rebels and rioters.

Let us withdraw our interest from the interests that their self-interest wants to make ours. The Cultural Revolution attempted this test, and rapidly became chaotic and violent, given that the definition of sariozy enemy was uncertain, and that it was directed against the single pillar of society: