Frédéric Lordon

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Frédéric Lordon
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Born 1962
Nationality French
Institution EHESS, France

Frédéric Lordon (born 15 January 1962) is a French economist and a CNRS Director of Research at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique in Paris. He is an influential figure in France's Nuit debout movement.


Lordon studied at the École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and received his degree there in 1985. He graduated from the Institut Supérieur des Affaires in 1987.


Lordon teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in Paris.

He has served since 2004 as a Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).


Lordon's work is an attempt to introduce Spinoza's concepts, such as conatus, into the study of economics. As an observer of the current crisis of capitalism, he participates in the public debate in France, proposing solutions that could ostensibly prevent other crises.

He is a member of "Economistes atterrés".  ("Appalled Economists"), a group of economists formed in 2010 who reject mainstream economics' positions, such as the efficient-market hypothesis, etc.

An early observer of the subprime mortgage crisis, he proposed the creation of a tax he labeled SLAM, for Shareholder Limited Authorized Margin, whose purpose would be to limit profits so that enterprises in the real economy are not governed "only by the interests of the stock exchange market."

Lordon played an instrumental role in the rise of the Nuit debout movement. He wrote a piece in the February 2016 issue of Le Monde diplomatique on François Ruffin's film, Merci patron!, describing the film as a clairon call for a potential mass uprising.[1] This prompted Ruffin to organise a public meeting which led to the organisation of the public occupation of Paris's Place de la République on 31 March 2016.[2] Lordon delivered a speech at the 31 March protest, highlighting the goal of uniting disparate protest movements.[3] He subsequently refused to talk to national media about his role in the movement, explaining that he did not wish to be seen as the leader of a leaderless movement.[4]


(in French)

  • Les Quadratures de la politique économique ("The quadratures of political economy"), Paris, Albin Michel, 1997
  • Fonds de pension, piège à cons. Mirage de la démocratie actionnariale ("Pension funds, a trap for fools. Mirage of shareholder democracy"), Paris, Liber/Raisons d'agir, 2000
  • La Politique du capital ("The capitalist policy"), Paris, Odile Jacob, 2002
  • Et la vertu sauvera le monde ("And virtue will save the world"), Paris, Liber/Raisons d'agir, 2003
  • L'intérêt souverain — Essai d'anthropologie économique spinoziste ("The sovereign interest — Essay of spinozean anthropology"), Paris, La Découverte, 2006
  • Spinoza et les sciences sociales. De l'économie des affects à la puissance de la multitude ("Spinoza and the social sciences. From the sentimental economy to the power of the multitudes"), In collaboration with Yves Citton. Paris, Éditions Amsterdam, 2008
  • Jusqu'à quand ? Pour en finir avec les crises financières ("Until when? To put an end to financial crises"), Paris, Éditions Raisons d’agir, 2008
  • Conflits et pouvoirs dans les institutions du capitalisme ("Conflicts and powers in the capitalist institutions"), Presses de la Fondation des Sciences Politiques, Paris, 2008
  • La crise de trop – Reconstruction d'un monde failli ("The crisis of too much _ Reconstruction of a failed world"), Paris, Éditions Fayard, 2009
  • Capitalisme, désir et servitude. Marx et Spinoza ("Capitalism, desire and servitude. Marx and Spinoza"), La Fabrique éditions, 2010
    • Translated into English by Gabriel Ash in 2014, entitled Willing Slaves of Capital
  • D'un retournement l'autre. Comédie sérieuse sur la crise financière (""From one turn to another. Serious comedy on the financial crisis), Paris, Seuil, 2011
  • L'intérêt souverain – Essai d'anthropologie économique ("The sovereign interest — Essay of economic anthropology"), Paris, La Découverte, 2011
  • Imperium - Structures et affects des corps politique ("Imperium - Structures and affects of political bodies"),Paris,La Fabrique, 2015


  1. ^ Lordon, Frédéric (February 2016). "Un film d'action directe". Le Monde diplomatique (in French): 28. 
  2. ^ Blottière, Mathilde (6 April 2016). "François Ruffin : "Nuit Debout n'est pas un mouvement spontané, il a fallu l'organiser"". Télérama (in French). Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Schneidermann, Daniel (April 3, 2016). "Frédéric Lordon à la République, mine de rien". Libération (in French). Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Besse Desmoulières, Raphaëlle (6 April 2016). "Nuit debout, histoire d'un ovni politique". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 10 April 2016. 

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