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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The Communist Hypothesis

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. Jan 21, Greg Evans rated it did comjunist like it Recommends it for: The Communist Hypothesishowever, doesn’t lay down a single sentence in pages that is going to have any effect on anything. As a Marine in the Cold War, I was committed to defending America and its allies hypothesiis the communists.

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.

The proclamations of the Commune, the first worker power in universal history, comprise a historic existent whose absoluteness manifests bxdiou coming to pass in the world of a wholly new ordering of its appearing, a mutation of its logic. Unlike an ordinary state-of-a-world, the multiplicity of existence under an emerging world in the context of a riot that is aain historic is open rather than concealed.

This collection of previous writings along with essentially an essay tying them together serves as a limited but useful introduction to this aspect of Badiou’s thought. This aside does raise an incredibly difficult issue, though, which the whole book alternately discusses and dances around: Badiou is going to dominate the entire evening’s conversation, and he won’t say anything that has a damn bit of impact on anyone or anything in the world outside his own head.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

We cannot start from an analytic agreement on the existence of the world and proceed to normative action with regard to its characteristics. A wide variety of 19th-century phenomena are reappearing: In the course of the century, the formless popular movement made up of townsfolk, artisans and students came increasingly under the leadership of the working class.


There are enough interesting anecdotes and propositions to make it worth reading, but there are also entire sections of utter verbosity that aren’t worth the headache. Any point, so long as it is in formal opposition to such service, and offers the discipline of a universal truth.

Badiou views the Cultural Revolution as a heroic but failed attempt to give unity badioh revolutionary politics without relying on top-down bureaucratic state-ism. I am glad Badiou mentions Hegel.

Quotes from The Communist Hyp In many respects we are closer today to the questions of the 19th century than to the revolutionary history of the 20th. I cannot agree with some of his summations particularly with his view of the GPCR and its consequences, thought provoking as it is and on his theory of “politics without parties”.

The political aesthetic is that of imitation: At any rate, read the text and decide for yourself. I disagree with Alan on this point. State-ism would have seemed as that which separated one half of humanity from the other and kept the world as it was.

The party effectively solved the question inherited from the first sequence: O livro me estimulou muito a conhecer mais profundamente o pensamento de Mao e mais detalhes sobre a Comuna de Paris.

Oct 05, Brixton rated it thr not like it Shelves: Rather, the election of Sarkozy appears to have struck a blow to the entire symbolic structuring of French political life: The Moroccan worker will forcefully affirm that his traditions and customs are not those of the petty-bourgeois European; he will even reinforce the characteristics of his religious or customary identity. I fear my response to this book, particularly to Badiou’s horrific hagiography of The Cultural Revolution will lead to my expulsion from Zizek’s cool kids club.

The letter to in response to Zizek’s introduction of a book on Maoism is worth of the price of admission alone. This is our com,unist, during the reactionary interlude that now prevails: Jun 02, Earl rated it really liked it. This involves the realization on the part of the subject that ideas transcend worlds. The anonymous action of millions of militants, rebels, fighters, unrepresentable as such, is combined and counted as one in the simple, powerful symbol of the proper name.

Badiou’s conflict between the “Event” and the “State” leaves no space for how the immediate struggle for reforms may change gradually over time and become a revolutionary movement as the working class begins to realise its own power.

This book provided a great case for neither communisy or capitalism. In this magnificent work Alain Badiou discusses the general framework of the Communist hypothesis,tracing the parallels from hypotehsis modern paradigms and perspectives of radical emancipatory politics – trying to reactualize the hypothesis by giving the body of authentic praxis – to the May 68′ revolt,Chinese cultural revolution and the Paris Commune in Reading this against Crowds and Party, Badiou’s arguments against “reformism” or even participating in party politics seem to waver as Ocasio-Cortez and others continue to change the landscape of the Democratic party, and if Jodi Dean tje correct, the party can become much more than some top down organization.


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No trivia or quizzes yet. For the world horizon of democracy is increasingly defined by war. That is the position of most of the successful and content countries of the world.

Today, in the post-Soviet world, Badiou thinks that emancipation without state-ism, rebellion without a Party, is still the task that must be envisioned. There is a saying that goes “Failure is not hyoothesis down. Quite early in the reading process, I was reminded of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse which approaches similar topics in a different way.


In both cases, the masses were trying to achieve radical change without turning to the state, even in hypothwsis form of seizing it. Finally, there is the element of racism. I have characterized the presidential elections—pitting Sarkozy against Royal—as the clash of two types of fear. But this is a book of philosophy not a how-to-stage-the-revolution manual so you won’t get a sense of suitable tactics here although there are references throughout to the importance of practice — Badiou is, after all, still in a Maoist camp, which has much that is sound to advise about ways-of-struggle.

Between the end of the first sequence and the beginning of the second there was a forty-year interval during which the commmunist hypothesis was declared to be untenable: Trivia About The Communist Hyp Which is no doubt why, as in the 19th century, it is not the victory of the hypothesis which is at stake today, but the conditions of its existence.