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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The affirmation of identity has two further aspects. The historical is a symbolic vantage point from which the emerging subject avoids the real, but can still glimpse the eternity of the Idea.

baxiou It would seem that system has done more to bring equality to a society than the “communist” systems. I liked the points about the ongoing importance of proper names rather than dismissing cults of personality as madness without considering why they came about and that the problems of the 21st badkou are closer to those of the early 19th than the 20th. One thing that came to mind whilst I read this book was how communism would manifest given the 21st century level of economic development.

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The role of political parties is different in such a this world. In these proper names, the ordinary individual discovers glorious, distinctive individuals as the mediation for his or her own individuality, as the proof that he or she can force its finitude. The 19th-century movement and the 20th-century party were specific modes of the communist hypothesis; it is no longer possible to return to them. There may be a reason revolution does not hypotheesis in industrial societies.

The Soviet Union and China were, and in China’s case still is, a totalitarian state. The current embodiment of this figure is, of course, the over-stimulated police chief: Vivent les richesand to hell with the poor. At any rate, read the text and decide for yourself. 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 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. What Medea retains is the courage to decide her own fate; and courage, I would suggest, is the principal virtue in face of the disorientation of our own times. Badiou sees this meaning in the paradigm and the dialectic,if you will,refering to the party-state model of organization and it’s alternatives.

All nuance and interest is removed by unequivocally demonising a single individual. To view it, click here. His elaborations on three ‘events’ May ’68, the Cultural Revolution and the Paris Commune are used hypoyhesis explain the general idea of the Communist Hypothesis. The second sequence of the communist hypothesis runs from to Vanguard parties, on the other hand, are, at least in theory, participatory bodies.

Loved it for what I could get from it. Despite the amazing company, if Commuunist 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: 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.

We will still retain the theoretical and historical lessons that issued from the communlst sequence, and the centrality of victory that issued from the second. In France this manifests itself as fear of foreigners, workers, youth from the banlieueMuslims, black Africans.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

Some matters are indefensible. Firstly, if body counts are to be used as a proxy for the validity of political ideologies, the manifold victims of slavery, war, famine, pollution, and poverty under capitalism should also be accounted for. 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.


An event is always the opening of the infinite.

The Communist Hypothesis

What remains is to determine the point at which we now find ourselves in the history of the communist hypothesis. 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.

The first is the fear felt by the privileged, alarmed that their position may be assailable. That world ended with the event of the fall of the Soviet states. Return to Book Page.

Secondly, my 15 year obsession with Robespierre has taught me that personifying terrible events leads to over-simplistic, commuunist interpretations. The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou. Our governments explain that they are waging war abroad in order to protect us from it at home. If the electoral mechanism is not a political but a state procedure, what does it achieve? Assim, badio bastante desse. As soon as mass action opposes state coercion in the name of egalitarian justice, rudiments or fragments of the hypothesis start to appear.

Morality is invoked, as so often, in place of politics and against any popular mobilization. I have trouble understanding Badiou’s theory of the Event, or how he justifies his very specific truth procedures, so I’ll have to return to this after reading his Being and Event and trying to get a better grasp, but even without always having good footing this Loved it for what I could get from it.

He analyses three specific categories of failure using Maythe Cultural Revolution in China, and the Paris Commune as examples. For more information, hypotjesis our privacy statement. 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.