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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It affirms a lot of things in my life right now. Long-discredited dogmas of Marxism, accompanied by frequent references to Lenin and Mao as purveyors of wisdom, form the backbone of this deplorable book.

Because Plato, the French revolutionaries, and Marx, not to mention their true successor, Alain Badiou, have told us so.

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 the human animal is not worth a cent. He rejects ordinary human beings and their banausic interests and wishes to replace them with something better.

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A denunciation of the ‘Rat Man’

My only complaint about this book is against its title. Mao had the right idea, but he too narrowly limited his target:. Refresh and try again. Sagkozy is a serious philosopher, literary critic and dramatist. This book provides evidence of the abysmal intellectual standards of much of contemporary Continental philosophy.

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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.

Badiou is insightful and funny, especially when he gleefully castigates France’s corrupt political elites and idiotic business classes. People must spurn so crass a slogan and surrender themselves to the pursuit of virtue.

As Mises again and again pointed bzdiou, capitalism is a system of mass production for the masses. Badiou argues that to escape from emaning atmosphere of depression and anxiety that currently envelops the Left, we need to cast aside the slavish worship of electoral democracy. 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.


He was, for instance, one of the few French intellectuals to denounce the ban on the Muslim headscarf. The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou.

His one world is not enough, especially if it turns out to be the wrong choice. Ohne sie werden wir im nihilistischen Konsum und in der polizeilichen Ordnung versinken. While the destination of his intellectual march is borderline Bolshevik, he makes some sensible observations about conservatism along the way. In The Meaning of Sarkozy, the first English translation of Badiou’s angry meditations after the election, the author can hardly bear to write his subject’s name, referring to him mostly meaniny “the Rat Man”.

The “bling meaninb president with the pop star wife, who has actively positioned himself as a scourge of all that May represents in France, is Badiou’s existential enemy.

But it is hard to escape the impression of an ageing class warrior – Badiou is 72 – railing against the waning of his own strength.

Badiou would preferred “slithered”, yet curiously Berlosconi has risen once more. He ends with a call for a return to communist principles, in particular the kind of radical equality he sees at work in the early phases of the French Revolution, during the Paris Commune, and in the initial period of Bolshevik rule in Russia. Even if Badiou disdains argument, must he not acknowledge the badio of 20th-century communism?

The Meaning of Sarkozy by Alain Badiou

Damnably Badiou cites Book 9 of the Republic, and gets it wrong. Badiou has a curious knack for combining speculative conceptual arguments with brawling polemic, and his book is a joy to read.

But of course our great philosopher cannot be bothered to read Mises. Feyzi Vadiou 10 May In Badiou’s analysis, the conservative proposition in the election was basically fear. To do this basiou courage:. It becomes a te of some importance, then, to see exactly what the true path of virtue dictates.

In Britain, this brand of ultra-leftism rarely leaves the university campus. The unlikely mainstream success of his book has enraged the right, who responded with a furious campaign accusing Badiou of anti-Semitism – a baseless charge that Badiou takes great pleasure in ridiculing. Most of all, the absurdity of a focus on elections that we all badiok have nothing to do with our lives, and which we all feel are playing out on a sort of flying carpet, above our heads.


His principles are at times brilliant and simple: He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works.

The communist hypothesis is that a different collective organization baxiou practicable, one that will eliminate the inequality of wealth and even the division of labour; every individual will be a “multi-purpose worker,” and in particular people will circulate between manual mexning intellectual work, as mesning as between town and country.

Better still, it is a moral failing engendered by the left! So what does Sarkozy stand for now? David rated it it was amazing Oct 26, The book purports to analyze the recent victory of Nicolas Sarkozy in the election for president of France. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

In their crushing majority, the women and men of the supposed “world,” maening world of commodities and money, have no access at all to this world. For this one can simply read Chapter 4 and throw away the rest of the book. As state intervention increases, it creates welfare dependency, corroding individuals’ self-reliance and allowing social bonds, such as the traditional family, to atrophy.

He had already cultivated a reputation as a hard man as interior minister under President Jacques Chirac and famously responded to race riots in Paris suburbs in with a promise to “hose the scum” off the streets.

The Mises Review 15, No. So jus My only complaint about this book is against its title.