We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy. The Communist Hypothesis has ratings and 42 reviews. Jonfaith said: The communist hypothesis is that a different collective organization is practicab. ALAIN BADIOU’S RECENT BOOK () is titled with the phrase promoted by his and Slavoj Žižek’s work for the last few years, “the communist.

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What is at stake in these circumstances is the eventual opening of a new sequence of the communist hypothesis. What might this involve?

Badou’s conception of May ’68 not as the beginning but as the end is interesting, if somewhat underdeveloped. It is what Kant called an Idea, with a regulatory function, rather than a programme.


The Occupy movement started quickly but lost steam as people realized that they were not threatened by the system enough to make an effort to change it. Again,we are struck by insuperable domination of Party-state model of organization and mainly a alaiin the on hand almost imperceptible alternatives of this model,and,on the other hand,these very attempts to give a practical body to these alternatives. I liked the points about the ongoing importance of proper names rather than dismissing cults of personality as madness without considering why they came about and that the problems of the 21st comminist are closer to those of the early 19th than the 20th.

What is haunting the regime, under the name of May 68? Jan 14, Donna Maguire rated it it was ok Shelves: This leads Badiou to the conclusion that the Cultural Revolution constituted the saturation of the concept of revolution as defined as the seizing of power by a state-ist party. Finally, there is the element of racism.

I was hoping for more new, independent thought. The hypothesis is a fresh demand for universal emancipation and a galvanizing call to arms.

An event is always the opening of the infinite.

Three Daughters of Chinaas well as the untold millions who perished due to famines and political upheaval, I can very well understand why Jung Chang would take a distinctly negative view of Mao!

Finally, Badiou posits that the Paris Commune fell because of state-ist problems that the Leninist party solved, but the Commune perhaps solved political problems that the Leninist party cannot. Badiou breaks the Idea down to three essential elements. Both systems are failures even without competition from the West. That is the position of most of the successful and content countries of the world. The analogous project today is based on the belief that the French need simply to accept the laws of the us -led world model and all will be well: I was reading this book on the bus the other day when a friend of mine got on at the university.

What Medea retains is the courage to decide her own fate; and courage, I would suggest, is the principal virtue in face of the disorientation of our own times. Our governments explain that they are waging war abroad in order to protect us from it at home.

The private appropriation of massive fortunes and their transmission by inheritance will disappear. The last great convulsions of the second sequence—the Cultural Revolution and May 68, in its broadest sense—can be understood as attempts to deal with the inadequacy of the party. We want all possible forms of it banished.

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The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

The event symbolizes the discovery of the Real. His argument that we are closer to the “first” stage of communism, a stage of intellectual re formation, rather than the “second” stage of parties communit states ie. This does not necessarily mean agreement, just an understanding.

The private appropriation of massive fortunes and their transmission by inheritance will disappear. Oct 05, Brixton rated it did not like it Shelves: Destruction is not always the difficult aspect but rather filling the void left in the resultant space. The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou is a work of political philosophy even hypothewis the author denies it.

There is a saying that goes “Failure co,munist not falling down. The elusive formalism of bodies-of-truth is legible here as empirical existence. Very enjoyable and provocative read which serves as a useful introduction to Badiou’s political thought.

Assim, gostei bastante desse. As with Mao, everything that is can change in relation to everything else. Giving two-dimensional,both factual and formal conceptual analysis of Paris Commune as a political “event” “site” and “singularity” although these are the terms that I ended up with partial understanding and maybe even committed some reification fallacies during my own uypothesis and interpretations of the text Badiou suggests both, purely abstract and very concrete directions which may be crucial for the future of Communist Hypothesis.

The real content, of course, is a politics of continuous obedience to the demands of high finance, in the name of national renewal. Jul 23, Malcolm rated it really liked it Shelves: Explaining his philosophy, Alaain contrasts the “State”, which is everything currently existing in the world such as economic relations, imperialism, inequality and government institutions to the “Event”, which is when people do something unexpected and new, opening up future possibilities that were not there beforehand.

The point we are seeking must be one that can connect to another bxdiou of time. About three quarters of this collections of essays of largely impenetrable, although Badiou occasionally drops a gem on em, to quote Mobb Deep. In many respects hhypothesis are closer today to the questions of the 19th century than to the revolutionary history of the 20th. There are moments of brilliance and inspiration, but more often moments of perplexity and communisy that does little to further any “real” communist politics although for Badiou the adjective form of the idea of communism is a crime It is often said that unexpected blows are the worst, but expected ones sometimes prove debilitating in commjnist different way.

The political problem, then, has to be reversed. This is the kind of book which, along with Philosophy hhypothesis Militants, belongs in your go-bag.

Today, in the post-Soviet world, Comunist thinks that emancipation without state-ism, rebellion without a Party, is still the task that must be envisioned. For Badiou Communism can and must continue to be the idea to strive for and uses his own philosophical ideas to determine the fidelity of each badiok to the some true idea of communism And it does and does not work in it’s own ways.

Both examples, China and Russia, occurred in undeveloped countries.