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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The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

The sequence culminated in the striking novelty—and radical defeat—of the Paris Commune. Assim, gostei bastante desse.

What Medea retains is the courage to decide her own fate; and courage, I would suggest, is the principal virtue in face of the disorientation of our own times. This is the kind of book which, along with Philosophy for Militants, belongs in your go-bag.

Badou’s unapologetic fidelity to Mao is abundantly clear, and his rough categorization of the Bolsheviks and Stalin is somewhat clumsy.

There may well be only one world, but does that mean that being French, or a Moroccan living in France, or Muslim in a country hypotbesis Christian traditions, is nothing? 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 hypotehsis Trotskyist analyses of the Soviet Union here although they tend to part company after this point.

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

Also, the producers in these societies depend on the workers to make their products as well as consume them. While there are more questions hyporhesis than answered, this serves as a clear call not to demonize the ideas when one demonizes the failed attempts. This aside does raise an incredibly difficult issue, though, which the whole book alternately discusses and dances around: To view it, click here.


Refresh and try again. It is what Kant called an Idea, with a regulatory function, rather than a programme. The overwhelming majority of the population have at best restricted access to this world. This is not to say that the electoral-democratic system is repressive per se ; rather, that the electoral process is incorporated into a state form, that of capitalo-parliamentarianism, appropriate for the maintenance of the established order, and consequently serves a conservative function.

No trivia or quizzes yet. For more information, see our privacy statement. Co,munist it is the only possible way forward. They have a professor who just told the class, “Any paper longer than five pages is bullshit.

How should it be understood? He analyses three specific categories of failure using Maythe Cultural Revolution in China, and the Paris Commune as examples. Of course, the Commune failed to hold on to power.

The last lecture delivers what most would come here to see: I likely made the communish of reading the introduction, which made no sense whatsoever and frequently diverted into the author quoting from an opera he wrote. To a large extent the question may well not be whether the ideas are faulty in themselves but commmunist whether the attempts at implementation have been the problem.

In Badiou’s terms,”The failure of communism” may be discussed and analyzed in a positive way. Finally, I think it is possible to deplore the cruelty of a regime whilst still taking positive lessons from it.


This is, indeed, the nature of leaderless movements such as anarchistic riots. 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. Commynist simply provided confusion. Vanguard parties, on the other hand, are, at least in theory, participatory bodies.


No workers mean no consumers which mean no profits. Some of these regimes made real strides in education, public health, the valorization of labour, and so on; and they provided an international constraint on the arrogance of the imperialist powers.

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 now.

The Communist Hypothesis

Much like a scientific theory or hypothesis, as he argues, a failure simply means that a particular attempt has not yet been proven. The present decomposition of the Socialist Party, however, is not just a matter of its political poverty, apparent now for many years, nor of the actual size of the vote—47 per cent is not much worse than its other recent scores. No choice, I tell you! Which probably more than anything tells us all we need to know about the current state of the Communist Hypothesis.

Nov 05, Hoodlum rated it liked it Shelves: 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. As a Marine in the Cold War, I was committed to defending America and its allies from the communists. As Sarkozy put it: The virtue of courage constructs itself through endurance within the impossible; time is its raw material.

Many people realize that unregulated capitalism is a bad thing, but few are willing to take up arms.