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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Written in forceful, clear language, this is one of Badiou’s works Ethics would be another that can be read by any intelligent badlou concerned with our current political climate.

The book contains 9 chapters, only one of which is in the least bit interesting or worth discussing – Ch 4.

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Decoding Sarkozy

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In diagnosing the weakness of the left, Badiou has exaggerated the strength of the right. The Mises Review 15, No. He is not wrong- the treatise enacts the primordial, inaugural gesture of politics by doing what it says: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Rather, capitalism allows a privileged class to pursue unlimited wealth at the expense of exploiting others. Craig rated it really liked it Dec 19, Ironically, the divide is painted as “a purely moral opposition between despotic and cruel states and states based on law – without of course explaining the origin of the gigantic massacres committed on a planetary scale for a century and a half by these ‘lawful’ states Published December 8th by Verso first published October 26th What Blair appreciated about the army was its sheer efficacy: It is common knowledge that France has typically feted their philosophers, granting them a public visibility that is not generally accorded to their counterparts in the English-speaking world.


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Saint-Just asks, “What do they want who accept neither Terror nor Virtue? How can we accept this state of affairs? Much of the left turned to Royal out of fear of Sarkozy. Jan 31, Malcolm rated it really liked it Shelves: The pursuit of self-interest constitutes the essence of corruption: It may seem paradoxical to claim that a leader often labelled Bonapartist and authoritarian is in fact marked by political weakness rather than strength.

He does condemn Stalin, but Mao’s Cultural Revolution still merits defense. Against this objective separation of living bodies, Badiou argues, we must assert “one world. Lists with This Book.

Decoding Sarkozy, by Chris J Bickerton (Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, February )

If that sounds abstract, consider a fragment of the prose Badiou uses to develop the thesis: Better still, it is a moral failing engendered by the left! I have several reservations in connection with his “8 points.

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The French have an international reputation as revolutionaries, rebels and rioters. But it is not true that human subjects freely exist in this world. His promises of constitutional reform, for instance, have come to nothing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And how did the left respond? Making policy nationally appeared to New Labour as a Sisyphean task: After all, no one in the Labour party is doing the job. For this one can simply read Chapter 4 and throw away the rest of the book.


Throughout the book, he calls Sarkozy a rat. It becomes a matter of some importance, then, to see exactly what the true path of virtue dictates.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Badioou was precisely the inability to agree on any points of principle internally that pushed the Socialist candidate to unite on an anti-Sarkozy platform. In this, neither chaotic Nicolas Sarkozy, nor the communist hypnosis could help. Quotes from The Meaning of Sa The Meaning of Sarkozy.

Sheridan rated it did not like it. While the destination of tge intellectual march is borderline Bolshevik, he makes some sensible observations about conservatism along the way. For all the rhetoric, it would seem that refashioning political institutions and enacting real social change demands the collective force of a mobilised society.

The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou

Mao had the right idea, but he too narrowly limited his target:. As befits a distinguished philosopher, though, Badiou sets his account in a broad context: We have to accept heroically to dissolve the individual into a face-to-face with the point to be held on to… The turn by which the individual de-individualizes is undoubtedly what Plato calls “conversion. So what, for the sake of argument, would our national equivalent be? Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Badiou highlights so many of the outrageous facts and unquestioned assumptions of the current “world” “order”, it’s srkozy to know where to begin.

Far meanng utopian, his argument is firmly contained within a universalism that finds its material in the world as it is.