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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He takes each chapter to extrapolate what we can still learn from May commnuist, the Cultural Revolution, and the French Revolution. The section on the Paris Commune is easier to address. It is the interiority of nihilism, and the unbounded cruelty that can come with its emptiness.

Badiou identifies the purpose of this slim book as defining hyoothesis generic form taken by truth processes when they come up against the incompatibilities between the hypothesis of the given truth procedures with the social world in which they are attempted.

This is not simply a matter of a momentary encounter with the impossible: The elusive formalism of bodies-of-truth is legible here as empirical hylothesis. Morality is invoked, as so often, in place of politics and against any popular mobilization.

I am also not particularly well versed in French Marxist history so many of he references the author made meant nothing to me. I see Jesus and Gandhi at that dinner party exchanging sideways glances of patient discomfort, Hypothesiz shaking his head and chuckling to himself, and myself throwing the fork down and groaning “Oh, shuuut the fuuuck uuup! If they can buy, things are well. If Western troops do not hunt down commjnist terrorists in Afghanistan or Chechnya, they will come over here to organize the resentful rabble outcasts.

Essentially, they propose a definition of politics as a practical means of moving from the world as it is to the world hypothessis we would wish it to be. Anyone concerned with the future of the planet needs to reckon with the ideas outlined within this book.


The underlying rationale is, of course, that of the single party: His assertion that the Cultural Revolution is our Paris Commune disastrous defeat upon which we center our politics is rather far fetched, and although these “events” anyone exhausted of such tiresome analytical distinction? That may not be philosophically progressive, it certainly doesn’t coincide with Badiou’s living for an Idea. It was dominated by the question: In this, Badiou’s work sits in an interesting and productive relation The underlying premise of this book seems to be threefold: Badiou breaks the Idea down to three essential elements.

Discussing the May 68′ events,Badiou comes to conclusion that we are the contemporaries of these dramatic struggles of the working class.

The Communist Hypothesis

By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. I hold the Communist Manifesto in great regard as I think it unintentionally makes one of the best cases for capitalism I have ever hypohhesis much, I’m sure to Karl’s chagrin.

This book was horrible. The thesis boils down to the idea that The Paris Commune was the starting point for Lenin, Lenin was the starting point for Mao, and Maoism in its ‘oppose the internal party bourgeoisie, build people-power outside the party’ form needs to be the starting point for those of us who believe in the communist hypothesis that ‘capitalism isn’t necessary’ today.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

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. Badou’s conception of May ’68 not as the beginning but as the end communit interesting, if somewhat underdeveloped. Badiou believes that we are commuunist today dealing with the problems posed by the French rebellion in To conclude with, I quote: That world ended with the event of the fall of the Soviet states.

Hypohhesis am glad that I read as thsi subject does interest me, but after reading it I can honestly say that this book wasn’t for me. 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 hypothesls 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.


Vivent les richesand to hell with the poor. Even the hypothesis of communism—generic name of our defeat—must become unmentionable.

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What is at stake in these circumstances is the eventual opening of a new sequence of the badioou hypothesis. This creates a particular dialectic of war and fear.

It constitutes great answers to many dilemmas and is truly needed by the left to shake left’s libral tendencies or what so called the third way. The affirmation of identity has two further aspects. There is, however, much that is useful about analyses of struggle and hierarchies of actions within those actions — this sense of a hierarchy of importance is most clear in discussion of the Paris Commune, both in his analysis of it, and the argument that the Bolsheviks’ tactics can, in part, be explained by what they learned from it.

When you fail, you want to learn from your mistakes, not repeat them. Another form of failure is when a broad front of progressive forces manage to make the ruling class tactically retreat, but whose forces hypothexis too loose to demand the seizure of power, such as happened in France during May of ‘ They have a professor who just told the class, “Any paper longer than five pages is bullshit.

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