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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. The Communist Hypothesis: ten lessons from Alain Badiou by Chris Norris We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who.

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Want to Read saving…. Occasionally hard work, but worth it. Thus, proper names are involved in the operation of the Idea, and the ones I just mentioned are elements of the Idea of communism at its various different stages. The Communist Manifesto was a fucking pamphlet, and it changed everything in the world.

The Adventure of French Philosophy French philosophy from the s to the s viewed as a third exceptional moment in the history of the discipline, after classical Greece and enlightenment Germany. 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.

Lacan also raises the issue in discussing the analytical cure for depressive debility: Despite the amazing company, if Badiou were present at such an event I’d only go in order to show off my new custom T-shirt, which I’m having made to wear while stuck with books like Badiou’s that really needn’t ever be distributed outside the university lecture circuit: The point here is that not only do we need to learn from the Bolshevik’s mistakes, but understand the problems they were trying to avoid that led to those mistakes.

His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation.


Jan 21, Greg Evans rated it did hylothesis like it Recommends it for: We cannot start from an analytic agreement on the existence of the world and proceed to normative action with regard to its characteristics. I haven’t done even the most cursory readings on the Maoist years, so I was pretty much in the dark the entire time.

The existence afforded to various elements within the world is fluid, the world is just constituting itself and everything is in question.

A first consequence is the recognition that all belong to the same world as myself: Open Preview See a Problem? Between the end of the first sequence and the beginning of the second there was a forty-year interval during which the communist hypothesis was declared to be untenable: 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 is correct, the party can become much more than some top down organization.

It is refusing to get back up. Very enjoyable and provocative read which serves as a useful introduction to Badiou’s political thought. What would this imply?

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In both cases, the masses were trying to achieve radical change without turning to the state, even in the form of seizing it. Philosophically, far from casting doubt on the unity of the world, these differences are its principle of existence. This little book is informative, and lays out both theoretical and abstracted claims along with historical proofs towards what he calls the “communist hypothesis” – namely, that the Idea of communism must not be abandoned simply because its best forms have not yet been realized, as there are historical emergences of its potential beyond the hypothetical.


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.

Even they have had to revert to capitalism and non-egalitarian dogma. 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. Any point, so long as it is in formal opposition to such service, and offers the discipline of a universal truth.


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. The first element of the Idea of the Good, the generic form of the Communist Hypothesis, is the political one, a temporal period in which a new idea and practice of collective emancipation arises and then disappears.

His response to Zizek’s introduction to Mao is quite good. What the event of the Paris Commune brought into being was the full existence of the working-class, that workers could determine their own future and forge vommunist independent proletarian politics.

The Communist Hypothesis

Industrialized countries have become complacent in their consumer culture. Finally, there is the subjective element. The first is that of the setting in place of the communist hypothesis; the second, of preliminary attempts at its realization.