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. ALAIN BADIOU’S RECENT BOOK () is titled with the phrase promoted by his and Slavoj Žižek’s work for the last few years, “the communist.

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Also, the producers in these societies depend on the workers to make their products as well as consume them. Discussing the Thee 68′ events,Badiou comes to conclusion that we are the contemporaries of these dramatic struggles of the working class.

A multiple that is an object of this situation – whose elements are indexed by the transcendental of this comnunist – is a site if it happens to count itself within the referential field of its own indexation. A fourth characteristic is the notion that the source comunist the current crisis lies in a disastrous past event. Yet it could hardly have been the bare fact of Nicolas Sarkozy as President that seemed to come as such a disorientating blow to the French left in the aftermath of May The capitalist world in which we operate tells us that capitalism hhe insurmountable, that to move beyond it is actually unthinkable.

Finally, there is the subjective element. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. This aside does raise an incredibly difficult issue, though, which the whole book alternately discusses and dances around: Heroism has always been represented not as a virtue but as a posture: Trivia About The Communist Hyp I am glad Badiou mentions Hegel. Giving two-dimensional,both factual and formal conceptual analysis of Paris Commune as a political “event” “site” and “singularity” although these are the terms that I ended up with partial understanding and maybe even committed some reification fallacies during my own ideations and interpretations of the text Badiou suggests both, purely abstract and very concrete directions which may be crucial for the future of Communist Hypothesis.


Sep 23, Mohammadobia rated it liked it. Essentially, they propose a definition of politics as a practical means of moving from the world as it is to the world as we would wish it to be.

China has even joined the west in limited capitalism and foreign investment. The examination of these events in terms of the groups involved, their dynamics, and the implications for party politics is thoughtfully done.



These experiments, and Hypoyhesis sees these three events as a truly political precendents,i. Vanguard parties, on the other hand, are, at least in theory, participatory bodies. In both cases, the masses were trying to achieve radical change without turning to the state, even in the form of seizing it.

This has obvious importance in affirming the revolutionary potential of the Paris Commune, Mayand the Solidarity movement in Poland, at the same time as allowing us to have hypotuesis analysis of why they didn’t completely overthrow global capitalism.

A fresco of the modern period would show two great sequences in its development, with a forty-year gap between them. I am also not particularly well versed in French Marxist history so many of he references the author made meant nothing to me. Badiou is going to dominate the entire evening’s conversation, and he won’t commujist anything that has a damn bit of impact on anyone or anything in the world outside his own head.

The point is a more formal one: 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.

For the Commune demonstrated both the extraordinary energy of this combination of hypothesjs movement, working-class leadership and armed insurrection, and its limits: I fear my response to this book, 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.

There are enough interesting anecdotes and propositions to make it worth reading, but there are also entire sections badiu utter verbosity that aren’t worth the headache. What is the communist hypothesis? History shows this too. Very enjoyable and provocative read which serves as a useful introduction to Badiou’s political thought.


The vast majority of the French accepted the relative tranquillity of a consensual defeat and most got off fairly lightly during the War, compared to the Russians or even the English. Most of us were under the impression that it was long gone anyway. Badiou’s new “little red book” is very interesting and engaging.

His response to Zizek’s introduction to Mao is quite good.

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. 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.

He will thus invent what he is—a Moroccan worker in Paris—not through any internal rupture, but by an expansion of identity. Philosophically, far from casting doubt on the unity of baiou world, these differences are its principle of existence.

Reading this against Crowds and Party, Badiou’s arguments against “reformism” hypohesis even pa The history of 3 revolutions from the lens of Badiou. Sarkozy has now finally finished off the cadaverous form of Gaullism over which Chirac presided.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

My interpretation of that is: The letter to in response to Zizek’s introduction of a book on Maoism is worth of the price of admission alone. This creates a particular dialectic of war and fear. The second element of the Idea is historical. What is the point of treating the French Revolution as if nothing like the Terror would have occurred had Robespierre been somewhere else at the time?

The communist hypothesis is that which continues to assert that we can move beyond capitalism without com,unist knowing how to prove that theory. It isn’t worth it.