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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No choice, I tell you! What unites the two is an emphasis on the value of failed experiments in what can broadly be referred to as Communism. The ultimate taboo of our world is philosophy.

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.

The real content, of course, is a politics of continuous obedience to the demands of high finance, in the name of national renewal. Or does it rather mean simply an experiment that failed to prove, for the time being, its hypothesis?

The Communist Hypothesis

Which is no doubt why, as in the 19th century, it is not the victory of the hypothesis which is at stake today, but the conditions of its existence. Some matters are indefensible. The private appropriation of massive fortunes and their transmission by comminist will disappear. May 28, Derek Ide rated it liked it.


Finally, Badiou posits that the Paris Commune fell because of state-ist problems that the Leninist party solved, but the Commune perhaps solved political problems that the Leninist party cannot. The existence afforded to various elements hupothesis the world is fluid, the world is just constituting itself and everything is in question.

This is, indeed, the nature of leaderless movements such as anarchistic riots. This is not simply a matter of a momentary encounter with the impossible: The overwhelming majority of the population have at best restricted access to this bariou. Reading this against Crowds and Party, Badiou’s arguments against “reformism” or even pa The history of 3 revolutions from the lens of Badiou.

Dec 27, Daniel rated it really liked it. The sequence culminated in the striking novelty—and radical defeat—of the Paris Commune.


What would this imply? The second sequence of the communist hypothesis runs from to For example, the identity of an artist is that by which the invariance baviou his or her style can be recognized; homosexual identity is composed of everything bound up with the invariance of the possible object of desire; the identity of a foreign community in a country is that by which membership of this hypoothesis can be recognized: About three quarters of this collections of essays of largely impenetrable, although Badiou occasionally drops a gem on em, to quote Mobb Deep.

Courage, then, is the hyplthesis which manifests itself through endurance in the impossible.

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It is also an optimistic book: As a pure Idea of equality, the communist hypothesis has no doubt existed since the beginnings of the state. Badiou views the Cultural Revolution as a heroic but failed attempt to give unity to revolutionary politics without relying on top-down bureaucratic state-ism. 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 hadiou seizing power for itself.

Discussing the May 68′ events,Badiou comes to conclusion that we are the contemporaries of these dramatic struggles of the working class. Some of these regimes made hypothwsis strides in education, public vommunist, the valorization of labour, and so on; and they provided an international constraint on the arrogance of the imperialist powers. We vote, we make our voices heard, but little else. In many respects we are closer today to the questions of the 19th century than to the revolutionary history of the 20th.

I see Jesus and Gandhi at that dinner party exchanging sideways glances of patient discomfort, Marty shaking his head and chuckling to himself, and myself throwing the fork down and groaning “Oh, shuuut the fuuuck uuup!

This does not necessarily mean agreement, just an understanding.

But the second nadiou in turn created a further problem, which it could not solve using the methods it had developed in response to the problems of the first. The communist hypothesis is that a different collective organization is practicable, one that will eliminate the inequality of wealth and even the division of labour. A people’s movement can briefly take power but be crushed by a counter-revolution.


I would’ve also loved to have read beforehand Donny Gluckstein’s book on the Paris Commune as well, although Badiou’s analysis bdiou the Commune was not as abstruse; and the same goes for May ‘ I can certainly support both the need for an Idea to counter TINA and the utility of examining past mistakes to build a better future.

I learned a great deal about all of them. This book was horrible. Badlou remains is to hyopthesis the point at which we now find ourselves in the history of the communist hypothesis. Reverting to what I said earlier: It can be oddly dispiriting when an election is won by the candidate who has led in the opinion polls from the start, just as when the favourite horse wins the race; anyone with the slightest feeling for a wager, a risk, an exception or a rupture would rather see an outsider upset the odds.

Be the first to ask a question about The Communist Hypothesis. There no doubt that a class system exists or existed in both systems. He takes each chapter to extrapolate what we can still learn from May ’68, the Cultural Revolution, and the French Revolution.

It creates a new possibility, in the case of the Paris Commune, the possibility of the validity of the Communist Hypothesis, of liberation in real life as opposed to theory, in the age of capitalism. 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: Badiou identifies the purpose of this slim book as defining the 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.

A fresco of the modern period would show two great sequences in its development, with a forty-year gap between them.