The Fall of the Sarkozy “Family” » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names. The article has been shared from Counterpunch and is a good insight into how networking in France works inside the business bourgeoisie and away from the elite universities. It, therefore, sees the advent of Sarkozy as the coming to power of a particular class. This is important for as the article itself says “Victor Hugo unwittingly boosted Louis Bonaparte, the future Napoleon III, by attacking him; Marx was shrewder and aimed to show “the circumstances that allowed a mediocre and grotesque individual to play the role of a hero.” Meaning, of course, it is important to see past the person of Sarkozy and to understand the mediocre forces that brought this particular mediocrity to power.
Why is it important to adopt this approach? Well, if we can demystify the mediocrities, we can, indeed, understand not only the forces which brought them to power, but also the interests which keep them there and in doing this it will become all too apparent that there could, and would, have been Stalinism without Stalin, Nazism without Hitler and, indeed, the coming to power of the business bourgeoise in France without Sarkozy. It is important to grasp this because it is only when we do so that we can have any understanding of the past and the present, which might mean that we could then work towards a better future. Marx wasn’t often wrong, but he is right again.