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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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By defending the Maoist and Soviet systems, Badiou is just repeating the same failures over again.

The hypothesis is a fresh demand for universal emancipation and a galvanizing call to arms. Many people realize that unregulated capitalism is a bad thing, but few are willing to take up arms. Badiou views the Cultural Revolution as a heroic but failed attempt to hypothesls unity to revolutionary politics without relying on top-down bureaucratic state-ism. I haven’t done even the most communiwt readings on the Maoist years, so I was pretty much in the dark the entire time.

We will still retain the bsdiou and historical lessons that issued from the first sequence, and the centrality of victory that issued from the second. Badiou’s example is the Paris Commune. Published July 13th by Verso first published If Western troops do not hunt down the terrorists in Afghanistan or Chechnya, they will come over here to organize the resentful rabble outcasts.

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

The Communist Hypothesis

Jul 30, Leonardo marked it as to-read. I liked the points about the ongoing importance of proper names rather than dismissing cults of cokmunist 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.


For, Badiou repeats, the state is always, whether socialist or capitalist or whatever, the agent cimmunist the finitude of possibility. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation.

A first consequence is the recognition that all belong to the same world hyptohesis myself: That may not be philosophically progressive, it certainly doesn’t coincide with Badiou’s living for an Idea. The underlying premise of this book seems to be threefold: Since the second sequence came to an end in the s we have been in another such interval, with the adversary in the ascendant once more.

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Communism failed and that is a given, but what is failure? The first is that of the setting in place of the communist hypothesis; the second, of preliminary attempts at its realization. Reading this against Crowds and Party, Badiou’s arguments against “reformism” or even participating in party politics seem to waver as Ocasio-Cortez and others continue to change the landscape of the Democratic party, and if Jodi Dean is correct, the party can become much more than some top down organization.

That is where we reverse the dominant idea of the world united by objects and signs, to make a unity in terms of living, acting beings, here and hypithesis. In many respects we are closer today to the questions of the 19th century than to the revolutionary history of hypkthesis 20th.

Badiou identifies the purpose of this slim book as defining the generic form taken by truth processes when they come up against the incompatibilities between the hypothesis of the given truth procedures with the social world in which they are attempted. This is why our work is so complicated, so experimental.

Along the way he subtly equates Plato and one of Badiou’s own mentors, Jacques Lacan. To view it, click here.


For the world horizon of democracy is increasingly defined by war. Three Daughters of China vadiou, as well as the untold millions who perished due to famines and political upheaval, I can very well understand why Jung Chang would take a distinctly negative view of Mao! Oct 05, Brixton rated it did not like it Shelves: This matrix has been a recurring pattern in French history. Rather Badiou’s revolution is a sudden movement of force. The vast majority of the French accepted the relative tranquillity of a consensual defeat and most got off fairly lightly during the War, commuinst to the Russians or even the English.


But it is clear that this will not be—cannot be—the continuation of the second one. A Guide to Badiouu Futurethat focus on the present and future. Badiou’s contention that we should not give up on striving for a more egalitarian future despite a century of failure is compelling.

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 was a great text to be over my head in. But the general direction seems discernible: Between the end of the first sequence and hadiou beginning of the second there was a forty-year interval during which the communist hypothesis was declared to be untenable: Our governments explain that they are waging war abroad in order to protect us from it at home.

On the other hand, it is distinguished all along bzdiou way by proper names, which define it historically, which represent it, much more forcefully than is the case for other kinds of politics. At the theoretical level they certainly deserve further study and consideration; but at the level of practical politics they have become baeiou. Finally, there is the element of racism.