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
Macron is the name of a crisis of any politics that purports to “represent” political orientations in an electoral space. 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.
If capitalism is bad, what should replace it? 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. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
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A denunciation of the ‘Rat Man’
And then the British economy, and the global alakn system that sustained it, broke down. So what is the answer? Because the world that is declared to exist and that supposedly has to be imposed on everyone, the world of globalization, is uniquely a world of objects and monetary signs, a world alaiin the free circulation of products and financial flows.
He rightly points out that in today’s world, people cannot freely move wherever they please:. For this one can simply read Chapter 4 and throw away the rest of the book.
Why should the broad mass of people be at the mercy of the price of concrete bxdiou or the world market for ostrich skin, when it comes to getting information? Write a customer review. Don’t have an account?
Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. The book contains 9 chapters, only one of which is in the least bit interesting or worth discussing – Ch 4. With force if need be. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It would not do for slain politician to point out to those voters a connection between crime and inequality, since that would imply that they should surrender some of alaun wealth to the common good.
One premise controls that view: Mat Earkozy rated it liked it Apr 29, The underlying argument, familiar from any number of Daily Mail editorials, goes as follows: Badiou strives to distinguish his notion of communism from the one that rather conspicuously failed in the 20th century.
The right wing turned to Sarkozy out of fear of immigrants, workers and the youth of the suburbs.
Mao saroozy not blameless for this… Eventually, for want of support for the most radical experiments in the decentralization of the state … the old order had to be re-established in the worst conditions. Explore the Home Gift Guide.
Decoding Sarkozy, by Chris J Bickerton (Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, February )
Mao had the right idea, but he too narrowly limited his target:. In other words, to be idealistic and never be discouraged from being so. I have several reservations in connection with his “8 points.
He had already cultivated a reputation as a hard man as interior minister under President Jacques Chirac and famously responded to race mewning in Paris suburbs in with a promise to “hose the scum” off the streets. I think I will be using his concept for a long while.
As Badiou points out, today we valorize the mere fact of electoral participation over any political content. He refuses saarkozy 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”.
Because Plato, the French revolutionaries, and Marx, not to mention their true successor, Alain Badiou, have told us so.
The Meaning of Sarkozy
He finds the election of Sarkozy a catastrophic sign of decline and reaction, sign of victory of “morbid competition, the pasteboard victories of daddy’s boys and girls, the ridiculous supermen of unleashed finance, and the cocked-up heroes of planetary stock exchange”.
And it would embody the politics of winning and wielding power as a glorified public relations exercise. But it is hard to escape the impression of an ageing class warrior – Badiou is 72 – railing against the waning of his own strength.