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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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In fact, writes Badiou, the central proscription of this world is not to live with any idea other than oneself-as-consumer. 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. Destruction is not always the difficult aspect but rather filling the void left in the resultant space.

Seventeen years; perhaps twenty-two; a whole lifetime! France will be protected from the disastrous effects of war and global disparity. 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 ideations and interpretations of the text Badiou suggests both, purely abstract and very concrete directions which may be crucial for the future of Communist Hypothesis.

Books by Alain Badiou. The section on the Paris Commune is easier to address. This is exactly the kind of material that filters thinky, introspective kids with exciting ideas out of every philosophy department in the nation, and leaves only those career academicians who desire nothing more than to get their Masters of Incomprehensible Gobbledy-Gook and P ompous h abitual Diatribing so that they may someday become a department Head of Alienating People Through Verbosity and be alone with their books, their tenure, and their inflated egos.

Philosophically, far from casting doubt on the unity of the world, these differences are its principle of existence. We need to re-install the communist hypothesis—the proposition that the subordination of labour to the dominant class is not inevitable—within the ideological sphere.

What remains is gadiou determine the point at which we now find ourselves in the history of the communist hypothesis. These experiments, and Badiou sees these three events as a truly political precendents,i. The second sequence of the communist hypothesis runs from to Sep 23, Mohammadobia rated it liked it. No choice, I tell you!


Rather, the election of Sarkozy appears to have struck a blow to the entire symbolic structuring of French political life: If Western troops do not hunt down the terrorists in Afghanistan or Chechnya, they will come over here to organize the resentful rabble outcasts. What is the communist hypothesis? This is exactly the kind of material that filters thinky, introspective kids with exciting ideas out of every philosophy department in the nation, and l Let’s say you’re invited to a dinner party.

While I am philosophically inclined against communism, I do enjoy reading books with which I disagree, This book provided no such enjoyment. The current embodiment of this figure is, of course, the over-stimulated police chief: While socialist ideas had been floated around for years before the Commune, including in Marx’s writings, the Commune was the first instance of the proletariat seizing power for itself.

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.

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Likewise, his discussion of the Paris commune and the Chinese Cultural Revolution will leave those who came to the text looking for high theory feeling somewhat cold.

These people, different from me in terms of language, clothes, religion, food, education, exist exactly as I do myself; since they exist like me, I can discuss with them—and, as with anyone else, we can agree and disagree about things. This matrix has been a recurring pattern in Communiist history.

As always, Badiou has important things to say. I understand his passion, but not his direction. There no doubt that a class system exists or existed in both systems.

The Soviet Union and China were, and in China’s case still is, a totalitarian state. The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou.

The private appropriation of massive fortunes and their transmission by inheritance will disappear. Take any situation whatsoever.

It is foolish to call such communist principles utopian; in the sense that I have defined them here they are intellectual patterns, always actualized in a different fashion. No trivia or quizzes yet.

The Communist Hypothesis

In Lacanian terms, the collective subject projects the Real of the Political Idea into the symbolic of history. A third component of the contemporary disorientation arose from the outcome of the electoral conflict itself. 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” This aside does raise an incredibly difficult issue, though, which the whole book alternately discusses and dances around: The reason is that all these proper names symbolize historically — in the guise of an individual, of a pure singularity of body and thought — the rare and precious network of ephemeral sequences of politics as truth.


It would seem that system has done more to bring equality to a society than the “communist” systems. 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.

It is possible, then, to say that an identity is the ensemble of properties that support an invariance. The underlying rationale is, of course, that of the single party: This book and, to some extent, his politics are written for those “in the know” – people who have already committed themselves to the path of revolutionary politics.

Much of Badiou’s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May revolt in Paris. Badou’s unapologetic fidelity to Mao is abundantly clear, and his rough categorization of the Bolsheviks and Stalin is somewhat clumsy. Finally, my biggest complaint with the book is probably that it isn’t really a book but likely a collection of previous writings I could look up on the internet.

The historical is a symbolic vantage point from which the emerging subject avoids the real, but can still glimpse the eternity of the Idea. As to the book itself, Badiou is adamant that it is philosophy, not critical theory or political analysis, or indeed history.

The first is that of the setting in place of the communist hypothesis; the second, of preliminary attempts at its realization. Faithful to this point, it is then a question of elucidating the consequences that follow from this simple declaration.