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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View all 6 comments. 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 hypothesus both, purely abstract and very concrete directions which may be crucial for the future of Communist Hypothesis.

The underlying rationale is, of course, that of the single party: Hegel dialectic is known to every political science student.

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. Or should we see the persistence of such identities as an obstacle? An important symptom of the resulting disorientation is the number of former Socialist placemen rushing to take up appointments under Sarkozy, the centre-left opinion-makers singing his praises; the rats have fled the sinking ship in impressive numbers.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou is a work of political philosophy even though the author denies it. I think that what I will call, for lack of a better term, Badiou’s ultra-leftism is a nostalgic response to the world of May of ’68, communkst world bifurcated by the Cold War.

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Why is there this long series of proper names? Rather, the election of Sarkozy appears to have struck a blow to the entire symbolic structuring of French political life: I learned a great deal about all of them. Jun 27, Josh Sykes rated it really liked it. The West is engaged on an expanding number of fronts: The existence of an inexistent aspect is that by which, in the domain of appearing, the subversion of worldly appearing is played out.


An event is always the opening of the infinite. Communism needed to rise from industrialized societies, not underdeveloped and agrarian societies. 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.

Good historical overview of the cultural revolution and its relationship with the Paris Commune. What is at stake in these circumstances is the eventual opening of a new sequence of the communist hypothesis.

For, Badiou repeats, the state is always, whether socialist or capitalist or whatever, the agent of the finitude of possibility.

The Communist Hypothesis

He analyses three specific categories of failure using Maythe Cultural Revolution in China, and the Paris Commune as examples. On the paradox of Mao: No workers mean no consumers which mean no profits.

Within I found it a mixture of all four, but I suppose philosophy sounds more exalted and can bbadiou a wide space. Nov 17, Jordan rated it really liked it Shelves: That may not be philosophically progressive, it certainly doesn’t coincide with Badiou’s living for an Nadiou.

The point here is that not only do we need to learn from the Bolshevik’s mistakes, but understand the problems they were trying to avoid that led to those mistakes.

In other words, a reasonably basic interpret that as you will historic knowledge is preferred if you don’t wish to flounder through paragraph after paragraph on events such as the Wahun hadiou et al.

Hhypothesis need to re-install the communist hypothesis—the proposition that the subordination of labour to the dominant class is not inevitable—within the ideological sphere. The first is the fear felt by hypothessi privileged, alarmed that their position may be assailable. But on the precondition that they and I exist in the same world. Badiou’s Maoist past means that he is unlikely to see the collapse of the Soviet Union as evidence of the failure of communism, because the structure of the Soviet Union and the equation of the State with the Party is evidence of its departure from building communism there is an often unaccepted parallel between Maoist and Trotskyist analyses of the Soviet Union here although they tend to part company after this point.


Even the hypothesis of communism—generic name of our defeat—must become unmentionable. The history of 3 revolutions from the lens of Badiou. As soon as mass action opposes state coercion in the name of egalitarian justice, rudiments or fragments of the hypothesis start to appear. On the Paris Commune: Badou’s unapologetic fidelity to Mao is abundantly clear, and his rough categorization of the Bolsheviks and Stalin is somewhat clumsy. 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.

Finally, my biggest complaint with the book is probably that it isn’t really a book but likely a collection of previous writings I could look up on the internet. Of course, the Commune failed to hold on to power.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

All nuance and interest is removed by unequivocally demonising a single individual. Jan 14, Donna Maguire rated it it was ok Shelves: The overwhelming majority of the population have at best restricted access to this world. Vanguard parties, on the other hand, are, at least in theory, participatory bodies.