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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For Badiou Communism can and must continue to be the idea to strive for and uses his own philosophical ideas to determine the fidelity of each event to the some true idea of communism And it does and does not work in it’s own ways. Reverting to what I said earlier: As a pure Idea of equality, the communist hypothesis has no doubt existed since the beginnings of the state.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

This is exactly the kind of material that filters thinky, introspective kids with exciting ideas out of every philosophy department in the nation, and l Let’s say you’re invited to a dinner party.

Today it is voiced in a more insinuating fashion: The present decomposition communiwt the Socialist Party, however, is not just a matter of its political poverty, apparent now for nadiou years, nor of the actual size of the vote—47 per cent is not much worse than its other recent scores.

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 proletariat seizing power for itself.

As soon as mass action opposes state coercion in the name of egalitarian justice, rudiments or fragments of the hypothesis start to appear. Does it mean to lose a confrontation or war, cold or otherwise, which would imply a death or end to that which fails?

Alain Badiou: The Communist Hypothesis. New Left Review 49, January-February

A multiple that is an object of this situation – whose elements are indexed by the transcendental of this situation – is a site if it happens to count itself within the referential field of its own indexation. He ends with an inspiring call to arms. It is often said that unexpected blows are the worst, but expected ones sometimes prove debilitating in a allain way.


Dec 02, and rated it liked it. It is that which, across all the characteristic properties of identity, remains more or less invariant.

He would say to give a Sarkozian prosopopoeia: Vivent les richesand to hell with the poor. Sarkozy has now finally finished off the cadaverous form of Gaullism over which Chirac presided.

The Communist Hypothesis

Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. The elusive formalism of bodies-of-truth is legible here as empirical existence. Badiou breaks the Idea down to three essential elements.

The question then arises whether anything tthe these unlimited differences. Revolutions don’t seem to be able to emerge as a result of the obvious struggles and conflicts that we all see zlain live through right now. The first element of the Idea of the Good, the generic form of the Communist Hypothesis, is the political one, a temporal period in which a new idea and practice of collective emancipation arises and then disappears.

For, Badiou repeats, the state is always, whether socialist or capitalist or whatever, the agent of the finitude of possibility. The event merely gives a sense of what might be possible. The Occupy movement started quickly but lost steam as people realized that they were not threatened by the system enough to make an effort to change it. Here, a fully formed, yet collective, subject chooses to become the militant exponent of the eternal political Idea that invalidates the state-world the subject lives under.

Jun 27, Josh Sykes rated it really liked it.

Or does it rather mean simply an experiment that failed to prove, for the time being, its hypothesis? Badiou identifies three types of failed truth-processes. A few particular badioh that I appreciated now follow. This does not necessarily mean agreement, just an understanding. Let’s say you’re invited to a dinner party.

Parties, for Badiou’s generation, had to be moved beyond because they aspired to no more than control of the state apparatus, and state-ism was exactly what the workers and students of May of ’68 were trying to transcend. As our ideologues admit, it is not as though relying on the greed of a few crooks and unbridled private property to run the state and the economy was the absolute Good.



Jul 30, Leonardo marked it as to-read. While there are more questions raised than answered, this serves as a clear call not to demonize the ideas when one demonizes the failed attempts. A fresco badiiu the modern period would show two great sequences in its development, with a forty-year gap between them.

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. Oct 05, Brixton rated it did not like it Shelves: As always, Badiou has important things to say. There is a saying that goes “Failure is not falling down. This is our task, during the reactionary interlude that now prevails: But an event does not realize a possibility.

The Communist Manifesto was a fucking pamphlet, and it changed everything in the world. One thing that came to mind whilst I read this book was how communism would manifest given the 21st century level hyothesis economic development.

An event is always the opening of the infinite. The Soviet Union and China were, and in China’s case still is, a totalitarian state.

There no doubt that a class system exists or existed in both systems. Why this glorious Pantheon of revolutionary heroes? A little disorganized as a whole, but a really interesting and insightful look at a variety of historical and philosophical topics through Badiou’s Maoist lens. Reading this against Crowds and Party, Badiou’s arguments against “reformism” or even pa The history of 3 revolutions from the lens of Badiou.

Which probably more than anything tells us all we need to know about the current state of the Communist Hypothesis.