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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Influenced by Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of both the analytic as well as the postmodern schools of thoughts. Quite early in the reading process, I was reminded of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse which approaches similar topics in a different way.

One thing that came to mind whilst I read this badoiu was how communism would manifest given the 21st century level of economic development. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Oct 05, Brixton rated it did not like it Shelves: Jan 21, Greg Evans rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Since the second sequence came to an end in the s we have been in another such interval, with the adversary in the ascendant once more.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou. Sep 23, Mohammadobia rated it liked it. In fact, every example of a communist revolution has happened in an undeveloped country. The history of 3 revolutions from the lens of Badiou. This does not necessarily mean agreement, just This collection of previous writings along with essentially an essay tying them hypotesis serves as a limited but useful introduction to this aspect bypothesis Badiou’s thought. But it is clear that this will not be—cannot be—the continuation of the second one.

The paradigmatic example of a historic riot would be the Paris Commune, an unorganized and quashed rebellion that nonetheless created an idea of independent working class politics that went on, in however bastardized a form, to change the world. The point is a more formal one: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Communism needed to rise from industrialized societies, not underdeveloped hypotehsis agrarian societies. Seventeen years; perhaps twenty-two; a whole lifetime! The current embodiment of this figure is, of course, the over-stimulated police chief: Vale a pena ler.

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Finally, a socialist state can fail to evolve into a more open society, as Badiou thinks was the case with the Cultural Revolution. In many respects we are closer today to the questions of the 19th century than to the revolutionary history of the 20th.

The thesis boils down to the idea that Baxiou Paris Commune was the starting point for Lenin, Lenin was the starting point for Mao, and Maoism hypothhesis its ‘oppose the internal party bourgeoisie, build com,unist 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.

That is where we reverse the dominant idea of the world united by objects and signs, to make a unity in terms of living, acting beings, here and now. The fact is that, according to the terms of Badiou’s own philosophy, that world no longer exists.

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? He analyses three specific categories of hypkthesis using Maythe Cultural Revolution in China, and the Paris Commune as examples.

Many people realize that unregulated capitalism is a bad thing, but few are willing to take up arms. 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 hyptohesis of the party. The perils of politics as ambition, as fashion, as absolute—paving a mediatized path from 68 to Sarkozy.


A book of genuine philosophy here, and therefore a touch hard going in places, particularly towards the end. With the French Revolution, the communist hypothesis then inaugurates the epoch of political modernity.

Dec 19, Joseph rated it liked it Shelves: They have baxiou professor who just told the class, “Any paper longer than five pages is bullshit.

Our governments explain that they are waging war abroad in order to protect us from it at home. At any rate, read the text and decide for yourself. 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. I was reading this book on the bus the other day when a friend of mine got on at the university.


Good historical overview of the cultural revolution and its relationship with the Paris Commune. One such might be the declaration: Nonetheless, the effort is worthwhile. It is also an optimistic book: But on the precondition that they and I exist in the same world. hyppthesis

In electoral terms, this is contested not by a hypothdsis affirmation of self-determining heterogeneity, but by the fear of this fear: The very details of these revolutionary attempts demand a sensitive and multi-dimensional analysis in order to gain a complete knowledge and therefore make conclusions about the eventual praxis,i. Secondly, my 15 year obsession with Robespierre has taught me that personifying terrible events leads to over-simplistic, unhelpful interpretations.

Wait, I did actually say that in a few waiting rooms and on badioh bus 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. Badou’s conception of May ’68 not as the beginning but as the end is interesting, if somewhat underdeveloped.

Three Daughters of Chinaas well as the untold millions who perished due to famines and political upheaval, I can very well understand why Jung Chang would take a baxiou negative view of Mao!

The Communist Hypothesis

The existence of a coercive state, separate from civil society, will no longer appear a necessity: 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.

Books by Alain Badiou. It consists of desperately maintaining that I am not the other. The section on the Paris Commune is easier to address.