The Meaning of Sarkozy
by Alain Badiou Translated by David Fernbach
Part of the Pocket Communism series
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128 pages / July 2010 / 9781844676293

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July 2020 / 9781789600667
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117 pages / December 2008 / 9781844673094

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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.


“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.”

“In the tradition of revolutionary pamphleteering.”

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

“Heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser ... a thundering, rallying tirade. ”

“Incisive, incredibly readable and funny critique.”

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