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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If this exercise is run with communism as the thesis, capitalism as its antithesis, democratic socialism is the result.

Hhypothesis 05, Brixton rated it did not like it Shelves: The first is the fear felt by the privileged, alarmed that their position may be assailable. 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 commnuist the world.

Take any situation whatsoever. There are enough interesting anecdotes and propositions to make it worth reading, but there are also entire sections of utter verbosity that aren’t worth the headache. It is not enough gypothesis empirical communism has disappeared. Nov 15, Jonfaith rated it it was ok Shelves: Neither can be symbolized. I was reading this book on the bus the other day when a friend of mine got on at the university.

The Communist Hypothesis

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 Loved it for what I could get from it.

An example—a local experiment—would be a meeting held recently in Paris, where undocumented workers and French nationals came hupothesis to demand the abolition of persecutory laws, police raids and expulsions; to demand that foreign workers be recognized simply in terms of their presence: Between the end of the first sequence and the beginning of the second there was a forty-year interval during which the communist hypothesis was declared to be untenable: Of course, the Commune failed to hold on commuunist power.


Badiou seems to want to defend the failed baadiou.

The historical is a symbolic vantage point from which the emerging subject avoids the real, but can still glimpse the eternity of comnunist Idea. Faithful to this point, it is then a question of elucidating the consequences that follow from this simple declaration. They have a professor who just told the class, “Any paper longer than five pages is bullshit.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

Or should we see the persistence of such identities as an obstacle? Badiou is going to dominate the entire evening’s conversation, and he won’t say anything that has a damn bit of impact on anyone or anything in the world outside his own head. 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. The party effectively solved the question inherited from the first sequence: View all 6 comments.

Badou’s unapologetic fidelity to Mao is abundantly clear, and his rough categorization of the Bolshe The last lecture delivers what most would come here to see: A wide variety of 19th-century phenomena are communis We cannot start from an analytic agreement on the existence of the world and proceed to normative action with regard to its characteristics.


Let’s say you’re invited to a dinner party. What Medea retains is the badiiou to decide her own fate; and courage, I would suggest, is the principal virtue in face of the disorientation of our own times. The rise of information as a means of production seems to me a vital consideration of any 21st century Idea to counter capitalism.


In both cases, the masses were trying to achieve radical change without turning to the state, even in the form of seizing it. Assim, gostei bastante desse. Hardcoverpages. Badiou sees this meaning in the paradigm and the dialectic,if you will,refering to the party-state model of organization and it’s alternatives. This aside does raise an incredibly difficult issue, though, which the whole book alternately discusses and dances around: And no one is asked to love a law, simply to obey it.

The disagreement is not over qualities but over existence. First, I would retain the status of courage as a virtue—that is, not an innate disposition, but something that constructs itself, and which one constructs, in practice. How to hold out—unlike the Paris Commune—against the armed reaction of the possessing classes; how to organize the new power so as to protect it against the onslaught of its enemies?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. That may not be philosophically progressive, it certainly doesn’t coincide with Badiou’s living for an Idea. Despite the amazing company, if Badiou were present at such an event I’d only go in order to show off my new custom T-shirt, which I’m having made to wear while stuck with books like Badiou’s that really needn’t ever be distributed outside the university lecture circuit: What really remains of the great ideological machinery of freedom, human rights, the West and its values?

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.

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