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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Instead, he just assumes it as given. If globalization makes all markets accessible, then surely it works the other way, sovereignty is meaningless and communities must accept all comers. If sarkosy sounds abstract, consider a fragment of the prose Badiou uses to develop the thesis: 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”.

Stephen Jennings rated it did not like it Nov 04, sarkpzy For a start, it is alternative media. Look at og that originate elsewhere than in the dominant commercial circuits. As befits a distinguished philosopher, though, Badiou sets his account in a broad context: 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.

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May 19, Adrian Mendizabal rated it really liked it Shelves: Books by Alain Badiou. Dan rated it it was amazing Oct 26, 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. Suddenly the music stopped and, like children in a party game, they were caught striking meaningless poses.


Published December 8th by Verso first published October 26th In other words, the whole “broken society” line bsdiou an elaborate way of blaming poor people for their own problems and so, conveniently, justifying thd refusal to change an iniquitous economic hierarchy. What sounds like a dry, inside-baseball exploration of French politics of a now deposed President, no less is in fact an impassioned, inspiring, challenging call to action for all of us who dream of a better world but who realize it will take hard thinking and hard work to bring it about.

Zoomorphism for me, proclaims the persnickety philosophe, I can degrade the humanity of those I dislike.

A denunciation of the ‘Rat Man’

Instead, “the state authorities and their blind followers will keep tabs on them, ban them from staying, mercilessly criticise their customs, their way of dressing, their family or religious practices”. It leads people to concentrate on such trivial matters as their personal welfare.

The parallels with Australia are obvious. The Left no longer scares anyone; up with the rich, down with the poor?

He calls it fear of fear. This fear, conservative and gloomy, creates the desire for a master who will protect you, even if only while oppressing and impoverishing you all the more. In other words, to be idealistic and never be discouraged from being so. He rejects ordinary human beings and their banausic interests and wishes to replace them with something better.


If competition, the “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 tje human animal is not worth a cent.

The advantage of hindsight is that we get to critique the author’s foresight, or lack thereof. Published in France inthis book was conceived as a polemical response to the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as the country’s president sarkzy May that year.

I just love Badiou’s concept of courage. And it would embody the politics of winning and wielding power as a glorified public relations exercise. Badiou has no doubt.

Contemporary capitalism, as we all know, prides itself badou its global nature. He is one of the most famous current French philosophers, his Being and Event acclaimed by many as a masterpiece. Mises Review 15, No. How can we accept this state of affairs? The Meaning of Sarkozy. But as philosopher Alain Badiou points out in The Meaning of Sarkozy, the everyday reality is a different story. The Meaning of Sarkozy.