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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The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou | : Books

I likely made the mistake of reading the introduction, which made no sense whatsoever and frequently diverted into the author quoting from an opera he wrote. Wait, I did actually say that in a few waiting rooms and on the bus This does not necessarily mean agreement, just an understanding.

I hold the Communist Manifesto in great regard as I think it unintentionally makes one of the best cases for capitalism I have ever read much, I’m sure to Karl’s chagrin. 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. These people, different from me in terms of language, clothes, religion, food, education, exist exactly as I do myself; since they exist like me, I can discuss with them—and, as with anyone else, we can agree and disagree about things.


While socialist ideas had been floated around for years baxiou the Commune, including in Marx’s writings, the Commune was the first instance of the proletariat seizing power for itself.

We live in a world with only one super-power and one, unchallenged, empire. As always, Badiou has important things to say. His response to Zizek’s introduction to Mao is quite good. Marx and Engles explained what was needed for communism to start.

Skip to main content. Communism needed to rise from industrialized societies, not underdeveloped and agrarian societies. Most of us were under the impression that it was long gone anyway. View all 8 comments.


As Sarkozy put it: An event is always the opening of the infinite. By defending the Maoist and Soviet systems, Badiou is just repeating the same failures over again.

For the world horizon of democracy is increasingly defined by war. Quotes from The Communist Hyp By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

The underlying premise of this book seems to be threefold: Alain Badiou takes four coordinates for a tour de force of terse analysis: 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 century are closer to those of the early 19th than the 20th.


cojmunist The current embodiment of this figure is, of course, the over-stimulated police chief: Badiou identifies three types of failed truth-processes. At any rate, read the text and decide for yourself. The West is engaged on an expanding number of fronts: The fact is that, according to the terms of Badiou’s own philosophy, that world no longer exists.

The overwhelming majority of the population have at best restricted access to this world.

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Books by Alain Badiou. I would’ve also loved to have read beforehand Donny Gluckstein’s book hypofhesis the Paris Commune as well, although Badiou’s analysis on the Commune was not as abstruse; and the same goes for May ‘ No choice, I tell you!

Nov 15, Jonfaith rated it it was ok Shelves: Dec 27, Daniel rated it really liked it.