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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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.

This involves the interplay between different types of hjpothesis from different worlds, all of these worlds possessing their hypotheesis notions of time, in the consciousness of the emerging political subject.

Badiou spends a great deal of time discussing the Chinese and Soviets. 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.

And that is why we now have to save the banks rather than confiscate them, hand out billions to the rich and give nothing to the poor, set nationals against workers of foreign origin whenever possible, and, in a word, keep tight controls on all forms of poverty in order to ensure the survival of the powerful. He ends with an inspiring call to arms. I have a problem with that. About three quarters of this collections of essays of largely impenetrable, although Badiou occasionally drops a gem on em, cojmunist quote Mobb Deep.

I haven’t done even the most cursory readings on the Maoist years, so I was pretty much in the dark the entire time. There is, however, much basiou is useful about analyses of struggle and hierarchies of actions within those actions — this sense of a hierarchy of importance is most clear in discussion of the Paris Commune, both in his analysis of it, and the argument that the Bolsheviks’ tactics can, in part, be explained by what they learned from it.

The Communist Hypothesis

Thus, proper names are involved in the operation of the Idea, and the ones I just mentioned are elements of the Idea of communism at its various different stages. A fresco of the modern period would show two great sequences in its development, with a forty-year gap between them.


In the course of the century, the formless popular movement made up of townsfolk, artisans and students came increasingly under the leadership of the working class. As a pure Idea of equality, the communist hypothesis has no doubt existed since the beginnings of the state.

If Western troops do not hunt down the terrorists in Afghanistan or Chechnya, they will come over here to organize the resentful rabble outcasts. The Moroccan worker does not abandon that which constitutes his individual identity, whether socially or in the family; but he will gradually adapt all this, in a creative fashion, to the place in which he finds himself. Nov 17, Jordan rated it really liked it Shelves: 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!

Indeed; but a law does not set a precondition for belonging to the world.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou is communistt work of political philosophy even though the author denies it. In fact, every example of a communist revolution has happened in an undeveloped country. Neither can be symbolized. No workers mean no consumers which mean no profits. Typically, capitulation and servility are presented as invention and regeneration. The political problem, then, has to be reversed. It consists of hypothesi maintaining that I am not the other. Regardless, there are some interesting ideas throughout these lectures.

My interpretation of that is: Vivent les richesand to hell with the poor. It isn’t worth it.

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As to the book itself, Badiou is adamant that it is philosophy, not critical theory or political analysis, or indeed history. It may be said that we need to take the laws of each country into account. View all 6 comments. Explaining his philosophy, Badiou contrasts the “State”, which is everything currently existing in the world such as economic relations, imperialism, inequality and government institutions to the “Event”, which is when people do something unexpected and new, opening up future possibilities that were not there beforehand.


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In Badiou’s terms,”The hypoyhesis of communism” may be discussed and analyzed in a positive way. This does not necessarily mean agreement, just This collection of previous writings along with essentially an essay tying them together serves as a limited but useful introduction to this aspect of Badiou’s thought. 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.

The history of 3 revolutions from the lens of Badiou. Be the first to ask a question about The Communist Hypothesis. Apr 20, Rallie rated it it was amazing.


The West is engaged hyopthesis an expanding number of fronts: 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 an analysis of why they didn’t completely overthrow global capitalism.

Jul 30, Leonardo marked it as to-read. That world ended with the event of the fall of the Soviet states. The fact is that, according to the terms of Badiou’s own philosophy, that world no longer exists.

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The second sequence of the communist hypothesis runs from to Some of the most enjoyable parts of the book are Badiou’s compact but lively tracings of his three model truth procedures. State-ism would have seemed as that which separated one half of humanity from the other and communiwt the world as it was.

There is much to disagree with here although this for me is at the level of detail and does not undermine the overall argument as both coherent and for most part correct.