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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But on the precondition that they and I exist in the same world. It constitutes great answers to many dilemmas and is truly needed by the left to shake left’s libral tendencies or what so called the third way.

In this magnificent work Alain Badiou discusses the general framework of the Communist hypothesis,tracing the parallels from the modern paradigms and perspectives of radical emancipatory hupothesis – trying to reactualize the hypothesis by giving the body of authentic praxis – to the May 68′ revolt,Chinese cultural revolution and the Paris Commune in Well-written philosophy books can give revolutionaries words to use to help us explain ideas, and answer questions that hypohtesis who are not yet revolutionaries may ask us.

About three quarters of this collections of essays of largely impenetrable, although Badiou occasionally drops a gem on em, to quote Mobb Deep. It may be said that we need to take the laws of each country into account. 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. His elaborations on three ‘events’ May ’68, the Cultural Revolution and the Paris Commune are used to explain the general idea of the Communist Hypothesis.

It is possible, then, to say that an identity is the ensemble of properties that support an invariance. What is at stake in these circumstances is the eventual opening of a new sequence of the communist hypothesis. What unites the two is an emphasis on the value of failed experiments in what can broadly be referred to as Communism. The rise of information as a means of production seems to me a vital consideration of any 21st century Idea to counter capitalism. Philosophically, far from casting doubt on the unity of the world, these differences are its principle of existence.


I would’ve also loved to have read beforehand Donny Gluckstein’s book on the Paris Commune as well, although Badiou’s analysis on the Commune was not as abstruse; and the same goes for May ‘ It is good to vote, to give a form to my fears; but it is hard to believe that what I am voting for is a good thing in itself.

There are moments of brilliance and inspiration, but more often hypothessis of perplexity and verbosity that does little to further any “real” communist politics although for Badiou the adjective form of hypothwsis idea of communism is a crime But the general direction seems discernible: With the French Revolution, the communist hypothesis then inaugurates the epoch of political modernity.

This book was horrible. Aug 27, Prc Cghln rated it it was ok. Like it or not, we have to consent to it for lack of choice.


Heroism has always been represented not as a virtue but as a posture: The role of political parties is different in such a this world. Loved it for what I could get from it. The paradigmatic example of a historic riot would be the Paris Commune, an unorganized and quashed rebellion that nonetheless created an idea of independent working class politics that went on, in however bastardized a form, to change the world.

History is the narrative of the totality of human experience. We live in a world with only one super-power and one, unchallenged, empire. Courage, then, is the virtue which manifests itself through endurance in the impossible. At this point, during an interval dominated by the enemy, when new experiments are tightly circumscribed, it is not possible to say with certainty what the character of the third sequence will be.


I understand his passion, but not his direction. Badiou breaks the Idea down to three essential elements.

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

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. If this exercise is run with communism as the thesis, capitalism as its antithesis, democratic socialism is the result. Much of Badiou’s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of communst May revolt in Paris. Badiou’s view on political parties is also influenced by his understanding of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The private appropriation of massive fortunes and their transmission by inheritance will disappear.

Given the experiences she recounts in Wild Swans: Nov 15, Jonfaith rated it it was ok Shelves: We want all possible forms of it banished.

The Communist Hypothesis

Industrialized countries have become complacent in their consumer culture. The point we are seeking must be one that can connect to another order of time. There may well be only one world, but does that mean that being French, or a Commubist living in France, or Muslim in a country of Christian traditions, is nothing?

A fourth characteristic is the notion that the source of the current crisis lies in a disastrous past event. I am glad that I read as thsi subject does interest me, but after reading it I basiou honestly say that this book wasn’t for me.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou. Communism failed and that is a given, but what is failure? View all 3 comments.

In many respects we are closer today to the questions of the 19th century than to the revolutionary history of the 20th.

Both examples, China and Russia, occurred in undeveloped countries. But does a single world of human subjects exist?