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. The Communist Hypothesis is a collection of articles that have appeared In the Preamble, Badiou states that the book argues, ‘via a detailed.

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While there are more questions raised than answered, this serves as a clear call not to demonize the ideas when one demonizes the failed attempts. The underlying rationale is, hypotthesis course, that of the single party: I think that what I will call, for lack of a better term, Badiou’s ultra-leftism is a nostalgic response to the world of May of ’68, a world bifurcated by the Cold War. If one therefor tracks the point at which a truth procedure fails, the failure can be understood and learned from, as any failed experiment can give life to other attempts to prove a certain hypothesis.

The private appropriation of massive fortunes and their transmission by inheritance will disappear. Sarkozy has now finally finished off the cadaverous form of Gaullism over which Chirac presided.

Distancing from the party-state dialectics,Alain Badiou makes the assumption that the idea, in order survive, has to defeat the spectre “Vanguard-party” in itself. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


My interpretation of that is: State-ism would have seemed as that which separated one half of humanity from the other and kept the world as it was. To ask other readers questions about The Communist Hypothesisplease sign up.

It would seem that system has done more to bring equality to a society than the “communist” systems. He would say to give a Sarkozian prosopopoeia: Again,we are struck by insuperable domination of Party-state model of organization and mainly a dim,on 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. Anyone concerned with the future of the planet needs to reckon with the ideas outlined within this book.

Communism in theory is very different than how it has been practiced. Badiou’s Maoist past means that he is unlikely to see the collapse of the Soviet Union as evidence of the failure of communism, because the structure of the Soviet Union and the equation of the State with the Party is evidence of its departure from building communism there is an often unaccepted parallel between Maoist and Trotskyist analyses of the Soviet Union here although they tend to part company after this point.


The Communist Hypothesis

Some matters are indefensible. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense communistt the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation. The price of the supposedly unified world of capital is the brutal division of human existence into regions separated by police dogs, bureaucratic controls, naval patrols, barbed wire and expulsions.

This book was horrible. Today’s task, being undertaken notably by the Organisation Politique, is to support the creation of such a discipline subtracted from the grip of the state, the creation of a thoroughly political discipline” Unlike an ordinary state-of-a-world, the multiplicity of existence under an emerging world in the context of a riot that is becoming historic is open rather than concealed.

On the other hand, it is distinguished all along the way by proper names, which define it historically, which represent it, much more forcefully than is the case for other kinds of politics. Jul 13, Charlie Kruse rated it liked it. Although he only sketches out his historical analysis of the Cultural Revolution or Mayit is provocative in the best way – inspiring further investigation by the non-expert, and forcing you to consider a different perspective.

Following Mao, who said that the world is in constant transformation due to different contradictions acting upon and transforming one another, Badiou views all being as a multiple of multiples. New walls are being constructed all over the world: An event is always the opening of the infinite. However, the statist principle in itself proved corrupt and, in the long run, ineffective. Essentially conservative, it creates a longing for a protective master, even one who oppresses and impoverishes you further.

A third component of the contemporary disorientation arose from the outcome of the electoral conflict itself. This is not simply a matter of a momentary encounter with the impossible: That world ended with the event of the fall of the Soviet states. What really remains of the great ideological machinery of freedom, human rights, the West and its values? Very much appreciated the nuanced defense of Mao, and the historical account of the 68 uprisings and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, as well as the insistence on recuperating the idea of communism.


Alain Badiou: The Communist Hypothesis. New Left Review 49, January-February

It is foolish to call such communist principles comkunist in the sense that I have defined them here they are intellectual patterns, always actualized in a different fashion.

Meanwhile, Evan Calder Williams argues that, in the absence of any such big idea, all we can do is cobble together an alternative system from the wreckage of experiments with alternatives.

His response to Zizek’s introduction to Mao is quite good. One such might be the declaration: The historical is a symbolic vantage point from which the emerging subject avoids the real, but can still glimpse the eternity of the Idea. We cannot start from an analytic agreement on the existence of the world and proceed comminist normative action with regard to its characteristics. Dec 23, Quinn McGarrigle rated it it was amazing.

Apr 20, Rallie rated it it was amazing. Dec 19, Soso rated it really liked it. Commynist view it, click here. Neither can be symbolized. Defined in this way, by invariants, identity is doubly related to difference: Rather Badiou’s revolution is a sudden movement of force. There is much to disagree with here although this for me is at the level of detail and does not undermine the overall argument as both coherent and for most part correct.

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It is possible, then, to say that an identity is the ensemble of properties that support an invariance. The object is in reality political: Well-written philosophy books can give revolutionaries words to use to help us explain ideas, and answer questions that people who are not yet revolutionaries may ask us.