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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The Communist Hypothesis

Meanwhile, Evan Calder Williams argues that, in the absence of any such big idea, all we can do is cobble together an alternative system from the wreckage of experiments with alternatives. 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.

They have a professor who just told the class, “Any paper longer than five pages is bullshit. We cannot start from an analytic agreement on the existence of the world and proceed to normative action with regard to its characteristics. This is not simply a matter of a momentary encounter with the impossible: This is our task, during the reactionary interlude that now prevails: Briefly, his overarching argument is that even though the attempts at socialism and communism, particularly the latter, have failed it does not logically follow that the ideas at the core have to be abandoned.

Neither can be symbolized. Both examples, China and Russia, occurred in undeveloped countries. One such might be the declaration: Seventeen years; perhaps twenty-two; a whole lifetime! Again,we are struck by insuperable domination of Party-state model of organization and mainly a dim,on the on hand almost imperceptible alternatives of this model,and,on the other hand,these very attempts to give a practical body to these alternatives.

Lists with This Book. His argument that we are closer to the “first” stage of communism, a stage of intellectual re formation, rather than the “second” stage of parties and states ie. 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 ‘ Giving two-dimensional,both factual and formal conceptual analysis of Paris Commune as a political “event” “site” and “singularity” although these are the terms that I ended up with partial understanding and maybe even committed some reification fallacies during my own ideations and interpretations of the text Badiou suggests both, purely abstract and very concrete directions which may be crucial for the future of Communist Hypothesis.


There is, however, much that is useful about analyses of struggle and hierarchies of actions within those actions — this sense of a hierarchy of importance is most clear in discussion of the Paris Commune, both in his analysis of it, and the argument that the Bolsheviks’ tactics can, in part, be explained by what they learned from it.

As always, Badiou has important things to say. Secondly, my 15 year obsession with Robespierre has taught me that personifying terrible events leads to over-simplistic, unhelpful interpretations. Following Mao, who said that the world is in constant transformation due to different contradictions acting upon and transforming one another, Badiou views all being as a multiple of multiples.

Finally, a socialist state can fail to evolve into a more open society, as Badiou thinks was the case with the Cultural Revolution.

We will still retain the theoretical and historical lessons that issued from the first sequence, and the centrality of victory that issued from the second. I learned a great deal about all of them.

I fear my response to this book, particularly to Badiou’s horrific hagiography of The Cultural Revolution will lead to my expulsion from Zizek’s cool kids club. This leads Badiou to the conclusion that the Cultural Revolution constituted the saturation of the concept of revolution as defined as the seizing of power by a state-ist party.

Also, the producers in these societies depend on the workers to make their products as well as consume them. 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. hypothesks


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Badiok is at stake in these circumstances is the eventual opening of a new sequence of the communist hypothesis. Be the first to ask a question about The Communist Hypothesis.

This text isn’t John Carpenter’s They Live, if I wear the shades, Mao doesn’t become decent, the denouncement remains too human and the idealism in the Cultural Revolution is negligible at best. Jul 23, Malcolm rated it really liked it Shelves: The elusive formalism of bodies-of-truth is legible here as empirical existence. The role of political parties is different in such a this world.

I think that what I will call, for lack of a better term, Badiou’s ultra-leftism is a nostalgic response to the world of May of ’68, a world bifurcated by the Cold War. Nov 26, William West rated it really liked it.

With the French Revolution, the communist hypothesis then inaugurates the epoch of political modernity. Why this glorious Pantheon of revolutionary heroes?

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

At this point, the objection about cultural difference will be raised: Which probably more than anything tells us all we need to know about the current state of the Communist Hypothesis. To view it, click here. The baadiou here is that not only do we need to learn from the Bolshevik’s mistakes, but understand the problems they were trying to avoid that led to those mistakes.

The Soviet Union and China were, and in China’s case still is, a totalitarian state. For the Commune demonstrated both the extraordinary energy of this combination of popular movement, working-class leadership and armed insurrection, and its limits: This aside does raise an incredibly difficult issue, though, which the whole book alternately discusses and dances around: