The Meaning of Sarkozy

The Meaning of Sarkozy

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The reactionary tradition behind Sarkozy, and the communist hypothesis for the twenty-first century

In this incisive, acerbic work, Alain Badiou looks beyond the petty vulgarity of the French president to decipher the true significance of what he represents—a reactionary tradition that goes back more than a hundred years. To escape the malaise that has enveloped the Left since Sarkozy’s election, Badiou casts aside the slavish worship of electoral democracy and maps out a communist hypothesis that lays the basis for an emancipatory politics of the twenty-first century.

Reviews

  • Magnificently stirring ... a characteristically lucid polemic from a philosopher who is far from willing to abandon humanity to the vicissitudes of so-called global capitalism.

    Mark FisherFrieze
  • In the tradition of revolutionary pamphleteering.

    Michael CroninIrish Times
  • Compelling ... He deconstructs, with languid, sarcastic ferocity, the notion that ‘France chose Sarkozy’ ... a very French piece of political venom.

    Rafael BehrThe Observer